Eastlawn Elementary School’s community open house

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A local elementary school is looking at new ways to get the community involved while teaching future administrators what works when taking a school to the next level. 

Eastlawn Elementary School is a year-round school with a focus on learning through integrated technology. Tuesday's visit by community leaders, politicians and parents was an inside look at what makes the school tick.

With a 5th grader as his tour guide, Alamance County Commissioner Eddie Boswell saw the finer details of the school.  Like typical schools, there's posters lining the hall, student art, research papers in addition to technology.

"I was just showing him a tour of the school and what kind of classes we have and what we do." said Jamareon Walton, a 5th Grader a new student. "They can tell this school is a good school because we're learning good stuff."

Every student has near constant access to a laptop computer and are assigned learning tasks on the classroom's smart-board. Each method is used to get the students excited about learning.

"I think that was a testimony to what they're doing here at Eastlawn because he was excited about what he had to tell me." said Commissioner Boswell adding, "seems like they're on the cutting edge of technology."

Boswell says as a member of the board that funds the schools, he thinks it's an important responsibility to visit the schools and see how they're using taxpayer money.

Melanie Richey whose working towards becoming a school administrator through UNCG's Principal Fellows program, which coordinated the tour, says the tour is an opportunity to work with other leaders and compare schools.

"There's an advantage to visiting different schools and not only seeing how different schools operate, but also getting to work with different leaders and leadership styles." said Richey.

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