GYTO Gifts Walt Disney $70,000 Engagement Lab!

Posted on February 26, 2024

Our school has been blessed by being chosen as a “Get Your Teach On” school by the IDOE this school year. Since September, we’ve had a “Rock Your School Day” as a way to engage students and our teachers have experienced informative and transformative professional development sessions.

Today with the help of Principal Dr. Mindy Higginson, Get Your Teach On co-founders, husband and wife team, and reading specialists extraordinaires, Hope and Wade King out did themselves by surprising not only our students, but also our teachers, by gifting our school a incredible Writing Engagement Lab valued at nearly $70,000  

And as you can see below, the teachers were blown away!

The Writing Engagement Lab is a visual, 3D immersive experience is designed for creative writing exercises that will capture children’s imagination and spark great educational experiences. The computer, lighting and projector equipment were donated to Walt Disney; and the school will keep this absolutely amazing technology to use with all students, grades K-5th.

Before school started this morning, Hope, Wade and the GYTO crew demonstrated for the teachers all the immersion workspaces that can be used with students: Jurassic Park (as seen above), Harry Potter, Toy Story, Alpert (created by GTO colaborator LaNesha Tabb), Cars, Super Mario Bros., Spy Games, and a Glow Party theme.

After the teachers got their introduction to their new tool, then the REAL FUN began with the students! There was a quick scene change from the jungle of Jurassic Park theme to the Adventures of Alpert.

Mrs. Scoles Kindergarten class went first. Hope and Wade led/taught them a writing lesson using Alpert. The other kindergarten teachers were also present taking notes as they got to watch a live PD session on how to use the new equipment with students.

After the kindergarten run through, it was a quick scene change for Cars for 1st and 2nd graders.

Representatives from the IDOE and members of P-H-M Administration were also on hand for today’s demonstrations.


Last Modified March 28, 2024