April 30, 2017
June 29, 2017

Catalyst was grown from the lines drawn by the amazing kids from the Lanier cluster schools on May 13th, 2017

A catalyst, the prime agent of any change, can be the cause of something great or it could set in motion a chain of events that lead toward destruction.

As humans, we are typically adverse to change. While we understand that this change could be good for us, we often are reluctant to take the steps to get out of our comfort zone and start the process.

That is where a catalyst comes in and forces us to take action. At first we are scared, angry and do all we can to oppose the change. And sometimes, the catalyst is a blatant threat to our way of life. But even with this threat, a new hope and a renewed sense of purpose could emerge.

In the current attack on a world where we are beginning to understand the importance to live and work as one community no matter what race, religion or origin of birth, there is a catalyst that is trying to redirect our progress.

Our youth will emerge as the caring, purpose-driven leaders we all wish to be, not because they are smarter or better but because of the catalyst that has allowed them to take the action we have been reluctant to take ourselves.

With its recent designation as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 2017-18, Lanier Cluster Schools has a distinction that sets it apart from every other school cluster in Georgia.

The cluster – Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle and Lanier High – was recently honored by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) as an Exemplar Program, demonstrating “not just an adequate implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, but also expertise in the elements of student agency, distributed leadership, a climate of achievement, engaged community and use of evidence and research.


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VINE Co-creators

The number next to each co-creator’s name coincides with their number on the canvas.

Drag the center arrow to reveal the numbered lines and completed VINE.

  1. Beth Stilther
  2. Eleanor Jones
  3. Mia Kendall
  4. Carlyn Schmitt
  5. Emma Scott
  6. Diana Ciocan
  7. Arthur Nichelson
  8. Sofia Hernandez
  9. Symeon Watson
  10. Gabriela Chavez
  11. Rylan Chase
  12. Cassandra Riqueline
  13. Farika Conzo
  14. Kevin Hardison
  15. Rachel Hitchcock
  16. Bethany Pasell
  17. Taylor Paisley
  18. Bita Zolgnadr
  19. Caroline Van Allen
  20. Gabby Van Allen
  21. Maggie Keen

Placement on the Wall

This VINE is part of Section #2, four rows from the left, four rows down from the top. I picked this location to represent the initial four kids from the four joining schools. The burst of orange feels like good positive energy and a great addition to the story. I can't wait to see what it grows to reveal.