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My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School
My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

“This is truly a student exhibition. From the design, to the selection of objects, the students led the way! Students worked directly with museum staff to select artifacts, determine loan agreements and fees, and designing the exhibition,” said Rob Schuitema, Director of Education for the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “This project showcases the best we can offer – putting students in an active learning environment, giving them access to community resources, and using innovative teaching methods to enhance their learning.”

The exhibit features more than 20 artifacts from the GRPM.  The grand opening will take place Wednesday, April 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  While the event is free and open to the public, students are asking for a small donation to support the museum’s IMMERSE program.

The IMMER5E program is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation. This year, ten classes from Grand Rapids Public Schools participated in the program. IMMER5E is the first phase of an ongoing educational partnership between the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and Grand Valley State University. Additional partners include the City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Incorporated. The partnership is currently working on creating the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, to be located at the GRPM, which fully embraces the concepts introduced in the IMMER5E program including design thinking, museum methodology, immersive/active learning, and place based education.