MORRISTOWN, NJ - In education you plan every lesson hoping to inspire students to become curious about the world around them.  Each lesson is meticulously planned to cognitively engage students and to inspire them. Lessons are designed to allow students to make sense of the world around them.  One such opportunity seems to have connected with one of Unity Charter School’s seven-year-old students.  What started as a research project to learn about cheetah’s turned into a global citizenship event that will take place in Morristown on March 11, 2017. 

The student was Stella.  Stella loves two things, running and cheetahs. She studied the plight of endangered cheetahs and wanted to do something to help. She wanted to set up a charity sprint as a fundraiser for cheetahs.

Unity Charter School is a unique school in that it has infused the Education for Sustainability Standards throughout their curriculum.  Local and global citizenship, as well as an understanding of natural laws and ecological principles begins in Kindergarten.  This type of well rounded curriculum not only ensures students have exposure to a rigorous curriculum but that they develop soft skills as well.  Soft skills, also known as non-cognitive skills or foundational skills are increasingly in demand in today’s economy.  Teaching students how to take initiative and solve problems is teaching students to be well prepared for an ever changing global society. 

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On March 11, 2017, the Morristown Cheetah Sprint will take place to raise funds for the Cheetah Conservation Fund! A one-mile race at Ginty Field in Morristown. The race is at 9:15 am and the legendary St. Paddy's Day 5k starts at 10. Run them both!

The course is flat, which is great for all ages and speeds. A great charity and a fun day!  Come support the Cheetah Conservation Fund and show Stella that when you dream big you succeed big!