Granby " Middle Park eighth grade bus project inspires hope for future |

Granby " Middle Park eighth grade bus project inspires hope for future

If you didn’t read yesterday’s front page story, “Middle Park eight-graders plan bus system,” it would be worth your time to visit our Web site,, and learn what area 13-year-olds are doing to make Grand County a better place.

And next time you find yourself in the middle of the dinner party conversation about the state of public education – take a moment to share this local success story.

This is the second year that East Grand Middle School students have taken on a large-scope, community development project. Last year, students researched the possibility of a recreation center in Granby. This year, they have focused their energy on creating a free public transportation system for Grand County.

If a school’s responsibility is to prepare its students to become productive members of society ” East Grand School District should be held up as an example of what can be done to accomplish that goal.

The entire eighth grade class has partnered on this project. They have researched public transportation in other communities. They called the newspaper to ask for our help in reaching the community by posting an opinion poll on our Web site. They sent letters to the editor explaining their findings and asking for support.

They built a Web site to share information with the community about their project, called “Grand Transit” ” visit On the site, they map routes, share statistics and invite feedback.

Once all their research is compiled, the students will get a firsthand look into the process of local government as they present their findings to the councils in each community and to the county board of commissioners.

During this project, these eighth-graders will learn more than just about any other civics student in the United States.

By spearheading this program, East Grand Middle School has not only done a service to its students, but benefited Grand County as a whole. For the rest of their lives, these students will know how to get things done for the benefit of the entire community.

Perhaps by engaging them at such an early age, these students will see themselves as active members of this county ” not just as students waiting for the day when they graduate and can leave this place behind.

If these are the citizens of tomorrow ” thanks to the efforts of our local teachers ” Grand County can rest assured that it has a promising future.

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