Extending Projects, Building Community

By Heidi Blokland

At the beginning of May we had our Psalm 8 Celebration of Learning and you may have thought that work on the projects stopped then.

However ….

Recently, a couple of classes extended their projects, doing real work that met the needs of real people in the community.

During our Psalm 8 project, the students in Grade 8 saw themselves as givers. They realized that God has gifted each of them uniquely and he wants to use them in a special way. If you came to the Celebration of Learning you saw the individual service projects that each student did.

Last week the students joined forces for one last opportunity to give together before the school year ends. They cooked a delicious taco supper which they served at the House of Lazarus’ monthly community supper.

The Grade 5-6 class looked at garbage and wondered how we can throw out less garbage. They did a lot of things at school to reduce garbage like building a compost bin, encouraging recycling and making signs to help people know what to do.

A week ago they spent a couple of days working together to sew reusable snack bags and make beeswax food wraps.

They took everything they made to Art on the Waterfront in Chesterville where they shared with people about the garbage project and sold their product. All the money they raised goes into the recycling program at school.

Maybe you remember all the amazing plants that the Grade 1-2 class grew as they learned to be caretakers of creation. On the first sunny and warm day last week they took everything and planted it in the community garden at the House of Lazarus.

Lots of hard work produced an amazing garden, ready to produce beans and tomatoes and pumpkins and so much more!

We are thankful for so many amazing ways to build knowledge, build faith and build community.

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”