Students Tackle Big Ideas for City

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The high school students were tasked with capturing examples – either through photography, sketching, etc. – of what they like about Cedar Rapids and what they’d like to see included in the future.

Approximately 100 Jefferson High School students, representing grades 9-12, convened May 19 to their big ideas for Cedar Rapids. The activity is part of the EnvisionCR school initiative – a component to the comprehensive plan that seeks to engage the community’s youth and learn priorities and ideas that are meaningful to them.

As part of the public input phase of the comprehensive plan, City officials and consultants first met with the students in April to talk about what they like versus what they “want” in Cedar Rapids. The ideas were framed around issues important to the Cedar Rapids community, including sustainability, a vibrant economy, and preserving natural resources. The high school students were tasked with capturing examples – either through photography, sketching, etc. – of what they like about Cedar Rapids and what they’d like to see included in the future.

Monday’s activities, held at the Educational Leadership and Support Center, allowed the students to present their findings and participate in facilitated discussion about their ideas.

The City’s new comprehensive plan – EnvisionCR – encourages public participation and feedback to help shape the physical, economic, and social fabric of the community for the next 20 years. The City will bring a draft of the new comprehensive plan back to the community this fall to reaffirm what officials have heard from citizens.

 

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