A Day of Service for Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders
"Improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies."
"Accepting the region's largest volume of used building and remodeling materials, providing resources for the benefit of communities with the goal of promoting sustainable practices."
"Spreading awareness about the capacity we have as human beings to use our creativity and innovation to turn the negative into something positive."
These mission statements belong to three of the 14 partner organizations our Middle School students worked with last Wednesday morning for service learning sessions. (Those three are Forward Stride, the ReBuilding Center, and Trash for Peace, respectively.)
Activities our Aardvarks conducted to lend a hand included prepping salvage lumber for resale in order to build tiny houses, sorting technology for recycling and reusing, and putting together sack lunches for women living in transitional housing. Many thanks to Chaplain Mel Robinson for her service learning day organizational efforts. . .and thank you Middle School students for exemplifying OES's commitment to spreading our Power for Good!
Last Friday and Saturday, the OES Middle School hosted the annual Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat.
This week at OES we paid homage to two very different yet linked holidays: Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.
OES continues to celebrate Black History Month. In a seventh grade English class, students are currently reading and discussing Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist's memoir.
On Wednesday night, people from many different parts of the OES community joined our Boarding families for a dual celebration: honoring both the Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.