Our entire seventh grade spent advising period on Friday making winter cards for their friends at Head Start, whom they will visit on Tuesday.
Our relationship with the Greater Portland Head Start program has emerged over the past twenty years. Each seventh grade homeroom builds a relationship with students in a Head Start classroom. The students meet, play, and read together each month, starting in November. The seventh grade also organizes a Book Drive and bowl-a-thon to raise funds for literacy materials for the program.
On the Friday before Thanksgiving Break, the entire seventh grade went on a walk around the Western Promenade. One by one, walking separately, students slowly and silently walked around the loop and contemplated something that they are grateful for in their lives. When they returned each student individually shared their gratitudes with a teacher.
In other moments of gratitude, our entire community gathered to present 2,289 pounds of food to the Board Chair of Wayside Food Services, John Leeming. We shared words of thanks with one another, including:
I am thankful for being able to get all that I need.
I am thankful for the ocean and the freeness of the waves.
I am thankful for having food on our table everyday.
Look here for more information about acts of kindness within our community.
Some projects are a year in the making, including our Trash Quilt. Piecing it together was truly a community effort.
Last year’s 8th graders spent time during LEAP Week collecting trash at Crescent Beach. Then, with the support of their Science and Art teachers and advisors, they created cyanotype prints of each item of trash and researched facts about ocean pollution and the environment. A few examples include:
The majority of oil pollution in the ocean comes from stormwater runoff, not from oil spills. The largest floating garbage patch in the ocean is between Hawaii and California. Over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year.
This fall, we asked current parent Carolyn Noyes to help us back and band the quilt, which was installed two weeks ago. Every time we walk by, we are reminded of the beautiful setting in which we live and work, and the importance of taking care of our planet.