We had an amazing time on the Live Well Lauderhill Community Tour. We welcomed national healthy communities expert Mark Fenton to Lauderhill and he along with our team of student leaders conducted a fantastic tour of the area surrounding Lauderhill Middle School.
The learning framework for the tour was arranged into three pillars:
1) Empathy–understanding the experience of others
2) Equity–the opportunity for each to reach their full potential
3) Learning in Public–the understanding that our experience will be enhanced when we open ourselves up to learning from others, both traditional and non-traditional teachers. In this work we are all students and educators.
The tour schedule was created by the community leadership team and began with a walk from the school over the “overpath” which connects the communities east and west of the Florida Turnpike in Lauderhill.
The “overpath” has been identified by the students as a dangerous place for them to cross by themselves and a barrier to them fully accessing the afterschool programs offered because to do so means they would have to cross back over the bridge in the dark. In the interest of empathy, the group walked with the students over the overpath to reach the west side.
We were then able to visit the Lauderhill Community Revitalization Area and the new Lauderhill Art Center. We had lunch at the Art Center and heard from the student panel about their hopes and challenges in the community. The community leadership was absolutely impressed by the thoughtful, passionate answers from the students.
County Commissioner Dale Holness joined us for lunch and shared all of the investments that are being made in central Broward County to create healthy communities. He encouraged the student team to continue their work and share with leaders their dreams for their community.
Following the lunch tour we toured by bus around the Renaissance (CRA) area of Lauderhill to tour the linear parks and complete street improvements that have been made. We then toured both the Lauderhill Bus Transit Station and walked from their to the Broward Central Regional Park where we had a great tour of the facilities and grounds.
The students are working on a “PhotoVoice” project from the tour and will have an art exhibit on display which will open on January 12th at the Lauderhill Art Center. The students also were interviewed on the tour by CBS Neighbors for Neighbors. Video and Photos will be posted soon!