As of May 1st, our survey was completed by over 85 school educators and administrators across the Tri-State area. Listed below are a few interesting trends that we found in the responses:
- Over 75% of the clubs surveyed are less than five years old, with 60% of those clubs being less than three years old.
- 45% of surveyed clubs meet once per week whereas 30% meet monthly.
- Over 90% of the programs surveyed desire a collaborative relationship with each other as means of sharing resources, interests, as well as to foster connections between different schools.
- The activities with the highest interest levels, namely “community service”, “field trips”, and “ambassadors to the rest of the school”, are all forms of hands-on and experiential learning.
- The three topics that garnered the highest interest are, “food production’, “recycling and waste diversion”, and ‘energy conservation”. These interests are reflected in many of the responses given by the clubs surveyed that mentioned school gardening programs or recycling teams.
Our hope is to identify systems-level solutions that can provide benefit to a wide spectrum of schools and initiatives, since realistically we won’t be able to marshal the resources and capacity to fully meet the individual needs of each school. The results we gather from our survey directly impact our course of action so if you are an educator, school administrator, or school facility manager who would like to be a part of the work that we are doing, please feel free to reach out to Ben Hochstetler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew Ellsworth at email@example.com
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