Lula Lake Academy will be a community school serving both Dade County and Walker County students. The community is encouraged to get involved and volunteer in five key areas: curriculum; board of directors; fund raising; facility design/construction; and public relations. If you are interested in learning signing up to help, visit the school’s website, www.nextgenerationschool.org.
The school is also having a few fundraisers. The first, Burlap and Boots, a farm to table dinner, will be held on November 14 at Cloudland Station, and the community is urged to attend. This very special dinner and dance will be held at the beautiful Homestead at Cloudland Station. Chefs from Harvest Grocery will create the menu and privately-owned local restaurants will prepare one or two items. Dinner will include an appetizer, salad main dish, dessert and wine. Also, the Old Time Travelers will play good time, get down music. Tickets are $100 per plate. All proceeds go to the fund to support the effort to build Lula Lake Academy and promote the school’s Farm to Table program. To purchase tickets, visit the school’s website, www.nextgenerationschool.org/farm-to-table.html.
A second fundraiser will take place on December 12 and 13. The Sustainable Outhouse Competition at Circle A Arena promises not to be your run-of-the-mill fundraiser. Individual contractors will build sustainable outhouses for the school, showcasing the new school’s vocational program at the same time. On Saturday, December 12, the participants will build the outhouses, and on Sunday the outhouses will be auctioned off. They are all small, 6-feet by 6-feet, and architect Wayne Williams of Cogent Architects, who provided the specs to the builders, will also serve as a judge. But that’s where the similarities end. Supposedly one builder is adding a solar panel to the top of his outhouse, and who knows what other bells and whistles might be in the works. There will be awards, and each outhouse should have a name of its own by Sunday afternoon. Check the school’s website for more details and to enter the contest.
The curriculum of Lula Lake Academy will combine place-based learning with the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Place-based learning, according to the Place-Based Education Evaluation Collaborative, “…immerses students in local heritage, culture, ecology, landscapes, opportunities and experiences as a foundation of study in all subjects.” The intention is for Lula Lake Academy to take these ideas and combine them with the ideas of sustainability. From solar power to animal husbandry to local law, students will learn to interact in their own backyards and communities, which will translate into more globally sustainable citizens.