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Hubbard Woods Students Benefit from Butterfly Garden Created by D36 Alum

Hubbard Woods Kindergarten students recently enjoyed learning about the school's new butterfly garden, created as an Eagle Scout project by Hubbard Woods alum Andrew Vagra (Washburne Class of 2016, Loyola Academy Class of 2020). With the guidance of Principal Carmody and his former fourth grade teacher Ms. Bierner, Andrew created the beautiful wildflower habitat for students to learn from and enjoy for many years to come. After he answered Kindergarten students' questions, Andrew noted that, "It was also fun to coincidentally see the first graders outside observing the garden for a special project which combined their observations with musical instruments to create a symphony."

Reflecting on his own experience as a student in District 36, Andrew says, "Experiential learning allowed me to truly enjoy going to school. The teachers offered creative ways to learn which held my interest in the classroom and made it fun...I feel that these experiences have given me confidence in my own learning abilities."

The District is proud of how its Shared Vision is embodied in Andrew's service and learning activities. "Being involved with the Boy Scouts has given me so many opportunities to work to make a meaningful difference in the world. Leading and teaching younger scouts at our weekly meetings and campouts and helping the community through various service projects like cleaning up the Skokie Lagoons and volunteering for Bike Winnetka has taught me the value of hard work and how your efforts, no matter how small, can have a positive impact on those around you."