Thorp Water-palooza 09.29.2023

We want to thank Friends of Thorp and WEFTec for helping our students learn about water as well as for donating their time and efforts in helping us recreate our rain garden for more effective water management. This will be a two day event. The first day, Friday 09.29 will focus on teaching and learning about Water. Students will visit over 15 informational booths, sponsored by the WEFTec Conference Attendees.
In conjunction with our Water-palooza we'll also recognize the students who participated in our FoT Read-a-thon by giving them the opportunity to "dunk" their favorite school teachers (or at least the ones who volunteered)! Those scheduled to get wet include: Mr. Coughlin, Ms. Santos, Mr. Loza, Ms. Paulson, Ms. McNally and Mr. Toledo.
The second day of the event will be the Service Project Day - where WEFTec volunteers will help transform our green space on the East Playground to address the water-ponding issues on the teacher parking lot and playground.
Congratulations to our Thorp Student, Crosby for his amazing T-Shirt Design.
T-Shirt Waterpalooza 2023
From the WEFTec website:

This Year’s Location

This year’s project, in collaboration with Friends of Thorp, will take place at O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy of Chicago. O.A. Thorp is a Chicago public school that serves more than 840 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school serves students from all over the city, including the south, west, and northwest sides of Chicago.

O.A. Thorp is represented by 25 language groups, as well as a diverse cultural background of students. Thorp Academy offers outstanding educational programs and is consistently ranked one of the top-performing schools in Illinois.

Today’s Water Students, Tomorrow’s Water Leaders

This year’s project, titled, “Today’s Water Students, Tomorrow’s Water Leaders,” will transform drainage and flooding issues that the school experiences onsite into a beautiful, welcoming, green space with a rain garden. The rain garden will provide better stormwater management and add stormwater educational components for the community.