Thirty students from Springbrook High School participated in a recent professional challenge with business people from Cigna and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE).
Earlier this month, the students traveled to Cigna offices in McLean, Va., to participate in the full-day event. The purpose of the professional challenge is to have students participate in and provide solutions to real workplace scenarios. The Cigna challenge provided hands-on coaching and mentoring while teams of students worked to identify new ideas to engage employees of a hypothetical organization to enhance their health for the purpose of improving quality of life and reducing health care costs.
Professional challenges provide students with the opportunity to apply academic skills to real workplace challenges drawn from high-growth careers. Challenges are facilitated by employers who provide hands-on coaching and mentoring as an alternative to traditional classroom presentations or internships.
The Cigna challenge also provided opportunities for the students to learn about careers in the healthcare industry. MCBRE and Sprint sponsored another professional challenge for a second group of Springbrook students on October 17. Future challenges are scheduled for the spring with Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo.
Strathmore Elementary Schools Celebrate MCPS’ Fourth Rain Garden
Strathmore Elementary School fifth graders celebrated a new rain garden it created in partnership with Montgomery County. The county and MCPS have also constructed rain gardens at Argyle, Newport Mill and Sligo middle schools.
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in cooperation with MCPS constructed the projects.
“The Strathmore Elementary School children did an excellent job finishing up the planting for this important project,” said County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett. “This great teamwork between our Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery County Public Schools not only benefits our schools but provides environmental benefits, such as improved water quality for our County streams and the Chesapeake Bay.”
Superintendent Jack Smith added: “MCPS is taking steps to reduce its impact on the environment. These stormwater management projects have been a great way for us to teach our students about the importance of environmental stewardship.”
DEP collaborated with MCPS to ensure the new stormwater management projects at the four schools achieved maximum environmental benefits and complimented MCPS capital improvement plans. The completed projects are a cost-effective, environmentally-efficient way to capture storm and pollutant runoff.
The four schools are in the Anacostia and Rock Creek watersheds, which feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The fifth graders who participated in the ceremony completed an environmental education curriculum as fourth graders, which explained the importance of watershed management.