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Stepping Stones Day Program Classroom Wins National Contest, $1k Prize

Students in Robyn Yorker’s class at the Stepping Stones Day Program proudly display their trophies after being named one of three winners in the under 300 cartons category of the national “Made by Milk” carton construction contest.

Students in Robyn Yorker’s class at the Stepping Stones Day Program proudly display their trophies after being named one of three winners in the under 300 cartons category of the national “Made by Milk” carton construction contest.

Students in Robyn Yorker’s class at the Stepping Stones Day Program are national award winners.

Students in Robyn Yorker’s class at the Stepping Stones Day Program proudly display their trophies after being named one of three winners in the under 300 cartons category of the national “Made by Milk” carton construction contest.
Students in Robyn Yorker’s class at the Stepping Stones Day Program proudly display their trophies after being named one of three winners in the under 300 cartons category of the national “Made by Milk” carton construction contest.

The Blue Team received a top three placement in the Elementary Level under 300 cartons division of the national Made by Milk Contest for their bear sculpture made out of empty milk cartons they collected throughout the Fourth Street School in Fulton.

A commemorative plaque will be mailed to the classroom next month, along with a $1,000 prize check which will be used toward the purchase of sensory equipment and implementation of a green initiative at the school.

Yorker also ordered trophies for all six students to recognize them for their hard work with the contest throughout the past several months.

The team’s project-based learning activity coincides with the English Language Arts module about the Haudenosaunee Native Americans.

Yorker’s Fulton classroom now joins the ranks of other contest winners from schools in Florida, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky and California.

At the heels of the 2015 fall contest is the spring 2016 Made by Milk Contest.

Yorker’s students will soon discuss ideas for the spring project which requires use of recycled milk cartons for gardening.

Stepping Stones Day Program is a collaborative effort between the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation and Hillside Children’s Center, which provides a structured, small-group environment to help students overcome emotional and behavioral challenges so they may return to their home school district.

Pictured with their winning entry, from left are: Marc Chetney (Pulaski Academy & Central School), Jenalee Pierce (Oswego City School District), Kaley Tubolino (Oswego City School District) and Nasir Noel (Fulton City School District).

Absent from the photo are Tyler Richards (Hannibal Central School District) and Corban Johnston (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District).

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  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Yorker and her students! I know there was a lot of learning through inquiry and collaboration in this PBL experience focusing on Common Core Learning Standards in ELA. This project and students’ learning exemplifies the principles and practices Project-Based Learning; it is so much more than a project. You and your students are proof that students in any grade level, in any content area, and with all types of abilities can learn through this innovative instructional approach. Kudos!

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