Cherryville Elementary School student Corrie Verhage (left) and her cousin Jessica Verhage bring their Just Dance arcade game to the Vernon School District board meeting.

Cherryville Elementary School student Corrie Verhage (left) and her cousin Jessica Verhage bring their Just Dance arcade game to the Vernon School District board meeting.

Students embrace learning

A nine-year-old boy in Los Angeles has provided the inspiration for a project at Cherryville Elementary School.

A nine-year-old boy in Los Angeles has provided the inspiration for a project at Cherryville Elementary School.

At Wednesday’s Vernon School District board meeting, Cherryville vice-principal Michael Sutch explained the project that had the enthusiasm of both the school and the community.

It all began when Sutch happened to catch a video on YouTube, Caine’s Arcade, about a young boy in east L.A. who had made an arcade out of cardboard boxes at his father’s auto parts store.

Sutch figured coming up with a similar arcade in Cherryville would be a great way to engage the kids in project-based learning.

“I was proud of Angelia Harvey, one of our CEA’s who collected boxes and toilet rolls and piled them up in our school gym, and she brought rolls and rolls of colourful duct tape, all with her own money,” said Sutch.

During the presentation, Sutch showed a video of the arcade filled with laughing students, staff and parents enjoying the games.

“We discovered that cardboard boxes can be a universe of possibilities.”

Grade 5 student Jessica Verhage and her cousin, Grade 4 student Corrie Verhage, showed trustees the Just Dance game they constructed for the arcade.

“We had to do a lot of problem-solving and work as a team,” said Jessica.

With duct tape, aluminum foil and a lot of cardboard, the game proved to be a popular one at the Cherryville Arcade.

“When we saw people playing our game, it felt fantastic,” said Corrie.

Sutch said he is extremely proud of his school for many reasons.

“We are full of kids who are passionate, who have dreamed, who are doing things because they want to, not because they are told to,” he said.