Maplewood MakerSpace, Fun Run, Parent Prom & More

Originally published in the November 2018 issue of The Flea

Last spring, thanks to the leadership of Librarian Amanda Braziel, Maplewood applied for and won an innovation grant from Austin Ed Fund to create a centralized makerspace that is available to all students and teachers. We received the grant this fall, and staff and volunteers have been busy creating a MakerSpace that will help students develop 21st century technology and critical thinking skills. They’ve carried out activities in which students practice collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and cooperation while flexing their growth mindset “muscles.” Volunteers and donations are welcome!

The parents at our neighborhood school held the 3rd annual Maplewood Parent Prom at the Spider House Ballroom on January 27. There was music by Cherrywood based Neal Mehta & the Recliners, a silent auction including several pieces of art collected by Jennifer Balkan, and a photo booth by neighbor Scott Kentros. The prom raised $$$ for the school, which the PTA plans to use to supplement the food pantry, technology purchases, and teacher grants.

We have two big events planned for the spring which are open to the community. The Mustang Stampede fun run will be on April 7 at Mueller Lake Park, and there will be a climbing wall, bouncy house and more. The annual Spring Fling will be a family picnic at the school on May 12, and prospective families are welcome to come explore the campus and get to know the school community. To learn more about our news & events, please visit the new website maplewoodelementary.com!

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