Canton's students have once again made the community proud and are representing the Town and the State in the International Problem Solving Competition next month in Indiana. Five of our Problem Solving Teams recently won the State Championship and are on the road to Indiana to compete in the International Competition.
The teams traveling to Indiana are a Fourth Grade Future Problem Solving Team (FPS), together with 4 Community Problem Solving Teams (CmPS). The FPS Teams compete in a competition in which they are given a complex societal problem and have to use a specific six-step process to solve it.
The CmPS Teams have been working on projects throughout the year. They identify problems in their communities and work out solutions to the problems. This year's CmPS Teams and their projects are:
6th Grade Team: Solving Canton's mosquito problem. They were handing out mosquito survivor packages at Town Meeting and I also hear that they are selling bat boxes for Canton residents to install in their yards.
7th Grade Team: Solving Canton's hunger problem. Theya re working to raise awareness of the fact that there are people right here in Canton who are battling hunger. They are working with the Canton Food Pantry to keep up with demand.
10th Grade Team: Solving problems with homeless animals. This team visited the Milton Animal Shelter and determined that the shelter and the animal conditions were in need of an upgrade.
11th Grade Team: Working with the Massachusetts Hopsital School in Canton to create a sensory trail for the school's equine therapy program.
A trip to Indiana does not come cheaply and the cost to attend the competition is funded entirely by the teams and their generous donors and supporters. On Saturday May 13th the Problem Solvers are holding what has come to be their Annual Mother's Day Plant & Bake Salefrom 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Canton Public Library. Sale is held rain or shine!
Whose mother would not appreciate a beautiful flowering plant for Mother's Day?
Help support the teams and their worthwhile causes as they head to Indiana to compete against teams from around the country and around the world. Canton consistently places high in these competitions and quite often has a team returning as International Champions.
If you cannot make it to the Mother's Day Plant Sale, look for the teams canning for donations around town and be sure to support them! If you are interested in making a donation directly to the problem solvers, you may email Renee Hanscom at firstname.lastname@example.org.