Milk jug city approved |

Milk jug city approved

by Teri Vance, Appeal Staff Writer

Carson City officials approved plans for a city Thursday – a city designed by third-graders and made from milk jugs.

Analee Anderson’s class at Fritsch Elementary School used empty milk jugs to create a city complete with a variety of buildings including a school, hospital, library and museum.

“We need to apply what we learn to real-life situations,” Anderson said. “For children, hands-on learning is the best way. When we allow them to make their own decisions, they come up with the cutest ideas. I am so pleased.”

Parents were invited into the classroom Thursday to look at the finished product and city planners Walt Sullivan and Skip Canfield approved the students’ design.

“Maybe the kids can teach us something,” said Sullivan, community development director.

As a class, the students decided how large to make each of the buildings and how to arrange them among the city streets.

They were each given one milk jug from which to make a house. To decorate the houses, they were each given an imaginary 35 cents to spend on amenities such as wallpaper for 5 cents and poster board for 7 cents.

“We first had to get milk cartons and stuff. Then we got some pieces of paper around them and that counted for our houses,” said Alyssa Brown, 8. “If we forgot something, we couldn’t go back after it was approved.”

Jeffrey Davies, 8, worked on the hospital, the city’s largest building.

“It went pretty good but there were hard problems,” he said. “My hardest problem was putting the roof on and making the flaps.”

Hugh Walden, 10, helped build the utilities building and also had trouble with the roof.

“I had to shape it and tape it,” he said. “I made a little chimney. Well, I tried to – it wasn’t too successful.”

The students also learned the importance of compromise.

Christopher Wortman, 8, brought in the scrap of wood to make the sign proclaiming the city’s name: Gingerville.

“I didn’t really like it because it sounded kind of like a girl’s name, but that’s what they picked so I’m going to have to live with it,” Christopher said.

The students also voted on the name of the city’s only park. They chose Fuji Park.

Overall, they were pleased with the outcome of their city.

“I think it looks fabulous,” said Aaron Friesell, 9. “After all the hard effort we put into it, it turned out great.”

“The best part of this is we can tell them when they get bigger they can do this for their community and make a positive impact,” said Canfield, chief senior planner.

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