What If 101 is an in-school collaborative that walks students through an ideation process. The program launched in January 2014 at the Early College Academy (ECA) and has since expanded to three schools and 240+ students.
In 2015/2016 our partner schools include:
- Early College Academy (Media Literacy and the Common Good)
- Lehman Middle School (Visual Arts and the Common Good)
- North Canton Middle School (Community Assessment & Action)
In 2014/2015, TomTod partnered with 7th grade History teacher, Jason Pigott and a group of 8th grade students at Early College Academy, exploring the topic “Food: Changing the Canton City Schools Experience.” Students spent the fall semester researching and listening to guest speakers that included (among others):
- Julie Sparks, Director of Special Projects for JRC (integrally involved in Stark Fresh)
- Amy Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Stark County Hunger Task Force
- Jean Paddock, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Aultman College of Nursing
- Nick Kennedy, Organization Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau for Stark, Columbiana, Portage, and Summit Counties
Students also participated in two field trips. The first was a Canton Food Tour. They visited and learned the history of the Canton Club Event Center and Canton Palace Theatre. Students enjoyed delicious food at Deli Ohio & Tapas 218 along with hot chocolate at Carpe Diem Coffee Shop. Thanks to our friends at the Ohio Farm Bureau, Grasp. Go. Grow. students took their second field trip to Clardale Farms, one of the largest dairy farms in Stark County.
Finally, students developed ideas for how to engage what they learned and launched mini-projects to try their ideas out in real life, including designing and constructing two green houses and growing their own vegetables.
At Lehman, students studied the topic of volunteerism and civic engagement. Guest speakers included:
- Ryan Palmer, Resident Director of the Haviland Hall service floor at Malone University
- Merele Kinsey, Retired Educator and active member of Kiwanis International, Canton Chapter
- Ryan Donald, Associate Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement, Malone University
Students also took a field trip to The Community Campus at Goodwill. Students experienced a glimpse of the services individuals receive when they come to Goodwill. They met with a social worker and received a food pantry ticket that they used at the Stark County Hunger Task Force. They met with other Goodwill employees to learn about the 20+ non-profits housed in the campus, including Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Students then developed new solutions based on what they learned. They participated in brainstorming activities, used idea generation tools and presented their ideas to their peers.