OC gives Zavala students, teachers a boost

first_img OC gives Zavala students, teachers a boost Odessa College Fire/EMS Director Bobby Valles shows Engine 1 to a group of students. Odessa College students and professors spent the day with the students at Zavala Elementary School Friday, March 23, 2018, through their OC Invasion program. Local NewsEducation Facebook By admin – March 24, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp 6-year-old kindergartener Madison Hale build a freestanding structure out of marsh mellows and spaghetti. Odessa College students and professors spent the day with the students at Zavala Elementary School Friday, March 23, 2018, through their OC Invasion program. WhatsApp 5-year-old Adrian Hunter shows her marsh mellow and spaghetti structure to Odessa College Civil Engineering student Karla Lopez. Odessa College students and professors spent the day with the students at Zavala Elementary School Friday, March 23, 2018, through their OC Invasion program. Twitter Pinterest “We are cleaning up the flower bed. We’re straightening up the teachers’ lounge. We have people sanding down the benches out here for painting,” Nisbet said.“The kids are doing things like economics activities. We have math booths that are going through every grade level. Biology is doing life cycles for students about frogs. … They’re doing stress balls for anxiety for testing. We have people that are reading and working with some of the different groups with different books. They’re doing manicures for teachers.”First Basin Credit Union also donated funds to buy the students pizza and the culinary department made cookies.Kayla Lopez, a 10-year-old fourth-grader, and Karina Lujan, an 11-year-old fifth-grader, thought the morning was lots of fun and liked the idea of OC coming to their campus.“I think that idea is very cool because we get to learn new stuff and we learn from the people that come from Odessa College and it’s very cool just listening to them and having the activities they give us,” Lopez said.OC English professor and Ector County Independent School District Board Secretary Donna Smith has been volunteering at Zavala for several months.“I think this is a really great experience. I think it’s good for us to interact for the kids. They’re so appreciative and they’re so enthusiastic. I just came out of a second grade class. We were reading books and we were working on predicting what would happen next. They were amazing. I didn’t even have to finish reading the book, because they had it solved, maybe half way through. It’s just real energizing. I’m really proud of OC and I’m really proud of these folks at Zavala. They’re doing a terrific job.”Principal Linda Voss said it meant a lot to have everyone from OC dedicate so much time to Zavala. She added that it shows they are invested in the campus and exposes the students to college.“It helps the kids feel appreciated. The activities are helping them learn, but it’s fun, as well,” Voss said.Zavala is in its fifth year of improvement required under state accountability standards, along with Noel Elementary and Ector Middle School. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.More Information ECISD, OC logos.jpg Twitter Pinterest ECISD, OC logos.jpg About 200 people from virtually every department at Odessa College converged on Zavala Elementary School Friday to inject some fun, offer teachers a break and help spruce up the campus.Katie Nisbet, associate dean of academic partnerships at OC, said the idea came about when she and Associate Dean for Innovation and Learning Robert Rivas were talking about something they could do that they thought would be “incredibly impactful.”“We decided this would be an awesome undertaking that would be a lot of fun — a little crazy — but mainly a lot of fun,” Nisbet said.Kindergarteners and first graders spent the morning in the gym with people from the OC student services department, student life and several different student organizations on campus. 5-year-old kindergartener Aaliyah Walker hula hoops infront of Odessa College students Ashley Livesay and Ginger Frazier. Odessa College students and professors spent the day with the students at Zavala Elementary School Friday, March 23, 2018, through their OC Invasion program. 1 of 5 Odessa College.Zavala Elementary. Previous articlePet photo contestNext articleMeals on Wheels to celebrate 20th annual Mudbug adminlast_img read more