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LEAD Arlington gives locals glimpse inside ACS

LEAD Arlington gives locals glimpse inside ACS
Posted on 10/09/2019
A rocking climbing wall, a sensory garden for special needs students, a 140-foot long sensory path, a TV studio – it was all on display for students and community leaders during this week’s LEAD Arlington.

LEAD Arlington, an event that focuses on the latest happenings in Arlington’s business, government and school communities, meets three times a year to highlight different sections of Arlington, and Tuesday’s event featured all things ACS.

Students from Arlington High School’s Collegiate Academy and about 40 school, government and business leaders began the tour of ACS by visiting the high school’s community access television station.

“Our goal was to introduce the community to programs that they’ve possibly never heard about,” said ACS Academics Director Todd Goforth. “The TV studio is one of those programs. Many people don’t know that there is a fully functioning TV station in Arlington, equipped with industry-quality technology.”

The high school’s TV station is completely student-operated, from the stories that run on-air to the camera operators. Goforth said many on the tour were surprised to see this opportunity exists at AHS. “We continued to see that surprise throughout the tour at the other schools too,” he added.

LEAD Arlington participants were able to tour the new Arlington Middle School gym and its state-of-the-art LED displays and sound system. At Arlington Elementary, a hands-on learning STEM class demonstrated how students are exposed to engineering and technology. A rock wall, donated by the AES PTA, also showed them how Physical Education has taken on a new look. Finally, at Donelson Elementary, a sensory garden and a sensory walk showed how students with special needs are being educated and immersed in interactive learning and skill-building.

“I liked seeing all of the new things each of the schools had to offer,” said AHS sophomore Natalie Phillips. “I went to AMS, so I knew the gym was new. But I had no idea about some of the other things.”

“I think it’s important that students like myself get to participate in LEAD Arlington,” she continued. “It gives students a chance to see what’s possible and what they are really working towards in the real world.”