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Innovation Academy plans send-off for Italy-bound students

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SMITHFIELD­ — The Innovation Academy at South Campus will host a send-off reception to celebrate the global connections being made for Johnston County. Pioneer students were selected to represent the United States at the “I Can” Global Summit in Rome and will depart at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

The Innovation Academy says it approaches learning in innovative and personalized ways. The academy hosts visits for education professionals, community members and families on innovative teaching and learning.

As a school, the academy focuses its recruitment on first-generation, college-potential students from impoverished areas throughout Johnston County.

“As a result of the damage to eastern North Carolina by Hurricane Florence, the staff at Innovation Academy asked our students about its responsibility to address the suffering created by the storm,” said humanities lead learner Elizabeth Ham.“Through the use of a learning platform called Design For Change, students focused on service based learning and the ‘I Can’ Mindset. Students defined, addressed and reduced suffering in our community, region and state through research, collection and school-wide outreach.”

Ham said using the Design for Change USA process afforded the structure to take on a large vision and bring it to life.

“As a result of the work of our Pioneers, we submitted a proposal for their participation this month in the ‘I Can’ Global Summit in Rome, Italy,” said Ham. “ Out of 300 submissions nationwide, our school was one of the 15 selected. A total of eight students and five staff have been selected to represent our school, community and state and nation.”