The digital media specialist at Hook Elementary implemented Morning Makers, a program created to empower students as creators by providing flexible spaces that promote inquiry, spark creativity, implement collaboration, and build community. This program is made possible through funding from the Stephenville Education Foundation, Hook PTO, Scholastic Book Fairs, Books are Fun, and private donations,
On Tuesdays and Thursday mornings before school, an average of 140 third- and fourth-grade students flood the library to indulge in various activities (puzzles, magnets, building blocks, art projects). There are usually 20 centers, on average, to choose from. Students manipulate non-consumables that they often wouldn’t have access to at home. The collaboration and encouragement that kids show each other reaches across all aspects of diversity. The Morning Makers program has improved social skills, built relationships, and fostered a feeling of success and a culture of excellence, all while improving discipline and reducing tardies.