Grandview Elementary Selected to Participate in EL Education’s Better World Project

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  • Briana Warner
  • 12/14/2017

Grandview Elementary has been selected by leading K-12 non-profit EL Education to participate in a year-long initiative spotlighting exemplary student work that contributes to a better world. Grandview is one of only 18 projects nationally to be selected to participate in the "Better World Project."

Grandview’s project: The Nourishment They Need Project, Charleston, WV

Third-grade and fifth-grade students will work together to combat hunger in their rural neighborhoods while helping families grow the food they need. Students will lobby their school district for quality meals at school, produce a useful community resource for growing tomatoes, and learn and share healthy life habits in their school and community.

Contributing to a better world is the norm at more than 150 EL Education public schools across the country, where academics are joined to character and service. This new initiative, supported by the generosity of the Einhorn Foundation, documents examples of these types of projects to be used as models for all schools. These model projects and hundreds more will be shared across the country on Friday, May 4th, 2018: the first national EL Education Better World Day.

Created in celebration of EL Education’s 25 years of transforming classrooms across the country, the Better World Project showcases student projects that are making positive change in their communities and the world.  Eight projects from EL Education schools are part of the initiative’s first round. The second round of projects will be announced in December.

“Now more than ever, doing work that matters is important for students, their communities, and the nation. The Better World Project joins character and scholarship, spotlighting the work of students who are taking ownership of their learning and building bridges of understanding across differences,” said Scott Hartl, President and CEO, EL Education.

These projects and hundreds more will be featured during EL Education Better World Day and on Models of Excellence: Center For Student Work, EL Education’s free, open source online collection of high quality student work designed to provoke conversation, spark innovation, and help create a vision of what is possible in American classrooms.

About: Grandview Elementary School

Grandview Elementary is a Title I School located in a rural section of North Charleston, WV which houses approximately 230 students grades Pre K to 5. Grandview fosters student motivation and success by having learning focus on, live in, and partner with the community, in order to guide students of today to be the scholars of tomorrow.

About EL Education

EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) creates great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Created over 25 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, EL Education's research-based approach challenges and empowers teachers and students. The model focuses on ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work.

EL Education transforms classrooms in thousands of schools and districts across the country through a unique combination of challenge and joy in learning. Students' impressive results encompass high academic achievement and college readiness, pride in the mastery of complex, authentic work, and a passion and capacity to contribute to a better world.

EL Education works with all kinds of public schools: district and charter, from pre-K through 12th grade, serving populations that reflect the diversity of our country. It creates powerful resources--including its open-access literacy curriculum--provides masterful coaching and professional development, and shares a portfolio of award-winning, educator-developed materials. One reason for its success: its work is informed by decades of learning in its national network of over 150 high-achieving public schools.  For more information, visit