Patriot Path was initiated in early August of the 2016-17 school year and is held every Wednesday from 1:07-2:02. This is a time for students and teachers to de-stress, and it allows for many student-to-student, student-to-faculty, and student-to-community connections to occur. Hopefully, some global connections can be established as well. Students can choose the path/session they want from multiple options offered each week. Some sessions will continually be offered weekly and others will come and go; however, each week a new session is presented for students to choose from. Whether the students are leading sessions or are choosing sessions of interest, there is much excitement surrounding Patriot Path. The opportunities are endless as we bring students, faculty, and community together through a wide variety of activities that foster relationship building, creativity, communication skills, and so much more. We know this is a positive experience for our students based on their feedback.
Students at Bob Jones High School have been exposed to guest speakers and ideas and concepts through Patriot Path they would not normally encounter. We are fortunate to have the support of a diverse community who is willing to share its talents and experiences with our students. Guest presenters have included a human resource manager who shared tips and suggestions on building strong resumes and job skills, a NASA employee spoke about his work on the Space Launch System that will enable the Mars mission in the not-so-distant future. He inspired students to consider how they might use their unique talents to serve in this endeavor because he said a project of this magnitude will need artists, writers, accountants, and managers, not just engineers and science-related thinkers. One of our recent graduates spoke about her experience in developing a non-profit during high school. Many other community volunteers have connected with our school faculty to support sessions.
Patriot Path has incredible potential to impact the instruction at Bob Jones in ways we can not yet measure. We look forward to the future and how inquiry/student lead-learning will become the norm in classrooms of all contents.