Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
In January 2007, I transferred to Walla Walla College from New York University. I came from a place where the term "campus" was pretty much nonexistent as lecture halls were dispersed among big city buildings, shops and restaurants. Our school "community" was based around Washington Square Park, which was laden with a diverse conglomeration of people and whose arch could be recognized from the movie When Harry Met Sally.
A simple paper chain is really all it is. Yet to the kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Skagit Adventist School (SAS) in Burlington, Wash., the chain means something more.
The students love to read.
Each link represents a number of pages that they've read during class depending on their grade level. Students submit weekly reading slips with their names and book titles. Teachers then clip together a colorful assortment of paper links to the ever-expanding hallway chain.
First- and second-graders at Buena Vista Elementary School donated an assortment of coins totaling $565.14 to Adventist Development and Relief Agency's Feed the Children program.
Teachers Margie Lyman and Ruthie McPherson told their students how little amounts add up to big amounts. The money will be quadrupled by an ADRA donor to help feed children in Cambodia.
"What's so funny?" the mother of a giggling second-grader asked her daughter after school. "It was Ohana Friday," the vivacious child explained. "It was so fun!"
The concept of Ohana—a Hawaiian term meaning family—brought together Lewis County Adventist School (LCAS) students in Centralia, Wash., from grades preschool through 10th grade.
Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) recently held its seventh annual Academy Awards ceremony and banquet to honor students for leadership, academics and excellence in school programs.
The evening—complete with sparkling lights, a red carpet and a packed house—applauded more than 200 students.
Olympia Christian School (OCS) ninth-graders Mary Castrejon and Vanessa Denny served as pages for a week in the Washington state Senate during legislative session. The students were sponsored by Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.
Pages assist with the work of the legislature by making deliveries and performing other necessary tasks. Two hours each morning are spent in Page School with approximately 50 other students from across the state learning about the legislature's role, its process and its participants.
It's a lesson in delayed gratification, an application of creativity, and a workshop in teamwork and leadership.
Eighth-graders at Buena Vista Elementary School in Auburn, Wash., were all onboard with a quarter-long railroad construction project. Twenty students built an H-O scale structure around their classroom and spent 600 man-hours constructing track, assembling residential, commercial and industrial buildings, and painstakingly adding the details to make the set-up look authentic.
For Colleen Brundula Radke, the math and physics teacher at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA), in Kirkland, Wash., the constraints of formulas pose a challenge on how to teach the field of mathematics as something other than memorized rules.
"I wish math were more like English where creative ideas are spawned from everything living and dead," Radke said. She constantly faces the challenge of keeping students interested in a subject she knows many of them either dislike or fear.