September Worthwhile Wednesday Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
On Wednesday, September 6th, the Winter Garden Campus hosted the first Worthwhile Wednesday of the school year where students learned about the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. With Phase 2 of the new Ocoee campus opening for the entire school in January, students wanted to say “thank you” to the City that supported its founding years as a charter school. Winter Garden Historian, Jim Crescitelli, visited the Winter Garden campus and spoke to students at each classroom about Winter Garden and Central Florida history. Students learned about the yellow caboose on Plant Street, Lake Apopka fishing history, the citrus trade and the historical buildings. “When you touch those bricks, you are reaching 100 years into the past,” explained Mr. Crescitelli as he spoke with the Middle School classroom.
Many students learned that the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation offers a community scavenger hunt, complete with a treasure map, hidden treasure boxes around downtown Winter Garden, and a patch, for a $1 donation. Mr. Crescitelli invited students to visit the museum and participate in the scavenger hunt. “It’s a great way to learn more about our history here in Winter Garden.” (www.wghf.org)
Students and families gave $135 in donations to the museum.
Worthwhile Wednesdays occur on the first Wednesday of the month during the school year with next month’s program taking place on October 4th. Consideration and care for our community in the form of giving back through programs such as these is a key value that aligns with the principles taught at Innovation Montessori Ocoee.