The City of Satellite Beach and De Laura Middle School are one of 10 pilot projects selected by the Florida League of Cities to educate and connect students to their local city government. The Cities in the Classroom pilot project was funded and developed though a partnership with the Florida League of Cities, and The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship a partnership between The Lou Frey Institute and Bob Graham Center.
DeLaura Middle School teacher Larry Finch, assisted with curriculum development on a statewide basis. Representatives from the City of Satellite Beach have been teaching the Cities in the Classroom lessons to his 7th grade students since September. The students have met local officials including the Mayor, department heads, and volunteers who are all part of the delivery of city services and programs to residents. Through participation in the pilot project, students not only learn about their city, city government, services, employees, and residents, but also learn valuable life lessons by connecting with their communities.
Students will showcase what they have learned by manning a City information booth at the City's Annual Big Truck Day, Saturday, March 20th, 10am – 2pm at the DRS Community Center, 1089 South Patrick Drive.
The students will discuss the City's award winning Communities for a Lifetime program, featuring the Fall Prevention program, Home Risk Assessments, and the popular "Stop by and Say Hi!" programs. Sensitivity sessions from "We Care Brevard" will be featured demonstrating the challenges that older residents have with accomplishing daily activities. In addition, the students will work with department representatives from Fire, Police, Recreation, and City Hall to promote the latest programs and answer questions from the community.