Our mission in Worthington Schools is to empower a community of learners who will change the world. We want our students to know that they can and will change the world in big and small ways. Helping our students internalize this mission is accomplished daily in our classrooms in conversations with our teachers and other trusted adults. Additionally, as a school district we have created visuals that are displayed at each school with current students sharing how they plan to change the world. Hopefully this takes an abstract mission and makes it more concrete and realistic to our students.
Our current “change the world” displays have been displayed in our schools for two years. One of the students who is featured in Bryce Presser. When the display was designed and his picture taken he was a young middle school student. I’ve walked by his picture and “tweeted” it out many times but I hadn’t met Bryce personally until recently.
Here’s the cool thing….Bryce really is changing the world! As part of his quest to earn his Eagle Scout badge (only 4% of scouts ever achieve this rank. It’s seriously elite.) Bryce decided to create book lending libraries for Worthington Estates, Slate Hill and Worthington Park. The project which he titled “Worthington Worthiness Library” is a collection of books focused on diversity and inclusion designed to help students see themselves in the literature they read. He built cabinets on casters so they could be wheeled in and out of classrooms. He then filled the cabinets (which in and of themselves were amazing with his attention to detail) with a significant collection of books. Last week Bryce presented the projects to each of the schools.
Bryce has changed a great deal since his picture was taken for our mission and vision displays. His hair has grown out, he has a different understanding of the world around him, and he is developing into a mature high school student. It’s so incredibly cool to see Bryce not just in print on our display but living our school district mission and vision in our community.
In Worthington Schools our students will change the world. Bryce Presser is an excellent example of that!
- – Trent Bowers, Superintendent