Teacher:  Ms. Pilkington

Students worked on this concept of effective communication through the writing of problem-solution essays.  Their problems-solution essays asked them to identify a problem in our school or community and come up with a solution to fix it. This was a persuasive piece of writing, so the kids had to “sell” the idea to the audience by listing benefits of their solution and providing one counter argument to an idea that may go against their solution. Some of the problems the students chose to address were not having sidewalks to safely get to the Dunkirk Dollar General, not having enough restaurants/stores in Dunkirk, needing students to participate in more school activities, removing the stop light in the cafeteria that monitors noise, having more time to play in the Gaga pit, getting vending machines students could actually use, and creating school curriculum/approaches that challenge more advanced students.