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Project Based Learning

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project based learning is students engaged in real work that supports the real world.  As students participate in these learning initiatives, they are able to develop skills in: design work (website, posters, advertisements), marketing, public speaking, collaboration with others, and the ability to work with experts to receive feedback.

As curious, compassionate and courageous Kingdom builders, how can we partner with local organizations to make an impact on our community for the Kingdom of God?

As we are helping our students do real work for the real people in the real world, we are also raising them up to be engaged, compassionate citizens of our community. 


2019-2020 Classroom PBL

Intermediate (Gr. 6/7/8) PBL:

Partnering with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF)

The Intermediate class at Sonrise has partnered with our local hospital foundation to bring awareness for the costs of priority medical equipment. The province pays for the salaries of the hospital's employees, but they do not pay for our medical equipment. It is the responsibility of the community to purchase the hospital's equipment as well as pay for the repairs and maintenance of the building. 

To begin their journey, the Intermediate class visited Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and learned from the Foundation members, Shannon Coull and Briar Boyce.  During the visit, the students were shown the hospital's current equipment and why the need for new equipment was so important. The students learned the cost of purchasing new equipment like a portable x-ray machine, defibrillator and iv infusion pumps. 


Students worked together with our local radio station, 99.3 County FM, and Shannon at the Hospital Foundation to create a radio ad that has been aired for the month of February. Click here to listen to their ad- PEC Hospital Foundation Radio Ad

The project continues! How can you help? Click here to donate to our local hospital foundation: PECMHF Donate Now

Junior (Gr. 4/5) PBL:    

Partnering with Ten Thousand Villages

Our Junior class has been learning about Fairtrade this year and the role Ten Thousand Villages plays in creating a more just world. 

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.  One of their stores is located on Main Street, Picton, ON. The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to "create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships" (https://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/about).

The class visited Ten Thousand Villages and received hands on learning about Fairtrade and how Ten Thousand Villages supports men and women around the world to earn an honest living, to work with dignity and respect and to support their families by earning a fair wage. 

The junior students prepared posters and a presentation for our school and were able to share with everyone what Fairtrade meant and why it was important.  They prepared and sold Fairtrade hot chocolate to raise money and awareness for Ten Thousand Villages.