The Times photo by Betsy ReasonStony Creek Elementary second-graders Nyle Baxter, Max Graham and Paul Blewett said Noblesville needs more pools, parks and restrooms, and share their idea with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear during an open house on Friday that featured students making presentations for a Project Based Learning (PBL) project called “What does Noblesville need?”
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Stony Creek Elementary second-graders Nyle Baxter, Max Graham and Paul Blewett said Noblesville needs more pools, parks and restrooms, and share their idea with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear during an open house on Friday that featured students making presentations for a Project Based Learning (PBL) project called “What does Noblesville need?”
What does Noblesville need?

An aquarium. An indoor water park. And an "amazing chalkboard."

A dog park. A candy shop. And a bike-rental station.

A diamond store. A bakery. And a donut shop.

And also a Mexican-Chinese restaurant "for families who can't agree."

Add a kids cafe run by kids, a bank just for kids' money, and an indoor amusement complex for kids.

Noblesville also needs better sidewalks, better bike trails and better roads with more lanes. More trees and flowers. More animal shelters. More roundabouts. More police and fire stations. More houses and businesses. Plus another ice-cream parlor and another dollar store. Less littering and graffiti. And cheaper hospitals.

All of these ideas and more were shared by Stony Creek Elementary second-graders, who studied the community, took a walking field trip to downtown Noblesville and worked to answer the question "What does Noblesville need?"

They came up with displays, models and presentations to answer the question as part of Noblesville Schools' Project Based Learning (PBL), an integral part of student success at

Noblesville Schools.

"Great ideas," was the reaction from Noblesville Mayor Ditslear, who was among the school's invited guests on Friday during a special open house to showcase the students' final projects.

Second-graders shared their ideas not only with the Mayor, but also with guests Noblesville Police Capt. Todd Estes, and Noblesville Schools superintendent Beth Niedermeyer and assistant superintendent Dave Mundy.

Stony Creek second-grade teacher Caroline Pease headed up the project which had students participating from a total five second-grade classrooms.

Noelle Fredericks, Sam Beer, Genevieve Nealy and Quinn Hutchins said Noblesville needs more street lights and emergency call boxes.

Joston Groet, Vince Glover and Isaac Swatts said Noblesville needs another ice cream parlor.

Ben Butor, Dalen Rippy and Brandon Finney said Noblesville needs more firefighters and police officers and fire and police stations.

Paul Blewett, Max Graham and Nyle Baxter said Noblesville needs more pools, parks and restrooms. "Noblesville needs an indoor park and an indoor pool so we have more fun things to do," the students said.

Noblesville needs "a donut shop," students said, "so Mayor Ditslear can eat donuts before he goes to work." The donut shop would be at the former location of Sweet Roos, on 10th Street, "a major street, and it's also close to City Hall, which is where the Mayor lives."

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