Victoria Leonard, a member of the St. Michael’s class of 2007, will be traveling to Ghana this summer to assist a village in creating a clean water system. On Friday, she took time to share her story with the fourth grade, who recently wrapped up a unit of study on Africa. After her presentation, the students announced that a portion of the money collected from their recent fundraising efforts would be donated towards Victoria’s cause, Community Water Solutions. To learn more about her work, or to donate, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/communitywatersolutions-rfw/fundraiser/victorialeonard.
Alice Eichenbaum wasn’t much older than her eighth grade audience when her world was turned upside down. A survivor of the Holocaust, Mrs. Eichenbaum was on hand to share her experiences as well as those of her late husband, Ray. Her family lost their home, business, and much of their personal belongings when they were relocated from their town in Bulgaria. They spent many nights going to bed hungry, not knowing what the next day would bring. Mrs. Eichenbaum was quick to say that they were the lucky ones, however. Her husband was separated from his family and sent to the children’s prison camp at Auschwitz.
At the conclusion of her presentation, one student asked how difficult it was for her to relive the memories. She responded, “It’s tough, but important. It’s important that you met me. When someone says the Holocaust is a myth, you know that’s not true. You met somebody who survived it.”
St. Michael’s, along with the Rhode Island Geography Alliance, brought a unique educational opportunity to students last week. A giant (26′x35′) traveling map of South America, on loan from the National Geographic Society, made a stop at the Hill House where children in kindergarten through grade 8 spent time engaging in a wide variety of activities. Scavenger hunts, relay races, and a particularly entertaining game of “Simon Says” conducted in French and Spanish, were all a part of the fun and learning.
St. Michael’s and The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) recently signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement recognizing the role students at SMS will play in determining the quality of Aquidneck Island’s environment in the years to come. The agreement highlights plans for clean-ups, presentations and lesson guides, as well as use of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail for field studies.
For more information, and to learn how you can support St. Michael’s Young Friends by sponsoring a student, please visit the ALT’s website by clicking here.
Our friends at Bike Newport will be holding two youth bicycle skills classes at St. Michael’s in early May for local families. Children ages 10 & older are invited to attend on Saturday, May 4, while the class for children up to age 9 will be Saturday, May 11. Both sessions take place from 9am-12pm.
Participants will learn bicycle handling, avoidance maneuvers, and rules of the road. While most of the training will be on a course set up here on campus, there will be brief practice properly entering the road and moving through an actual intersection. Only 15 spaces are available in each class.
The A-Band performed for students in the Lower and Middle schools this afternoon. The annual showcase puts the spotlight on the efforts of our talented young musicians, along with their fearless leader, our band director Mr. Manchester. The Chorus will perform later this week.
Students in the Theatre Ensemble and Drama Tech Program had their moment in the spotlight last night as their talents were on display in their performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless tale, “Cinderella”. Congratulations to the cast and crew for another terrific production! If you missed opening night, you still have two more opportunities to see our incredible young thespians in action. The curtains open tonight at 7pm and tomorrow at 2pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Donations are much appreciated, and will go directly to the drama program.
As part of “March Into Reading,” a celebration of children’s books presented by the Aquidneck Collaborative for Education and Salve Regina University, author and illustrator David Macaulay visited with middle school students this afternoon. Mr. Macaulay is the author of “The Way We Work,” “Mosque” and “The New Way Things Work.”
The first grade has been immersed in their study of tropical rainforests. Yesterday, they were visited by Reptiles Rock, a traveling educational program that brings a wide variety of animals into classrooms for hands-on learning. The students enjoyed the opportunity to touch and hold a number of exotic creatures, including a boa constrictor, Savannah monitor, and a small alligator.