Friday, May 31, 2019

the Celebration of the Child.

Yesterday at the Clear Spring School we had our annual Celebration of the Child and our high school graduation. One of the graduates was a boy I'd had as a student in wood shop since he was in first grade, so it was a touching moment in their lives and mine.

In the Celebration of the Child, each child is honored for  qualities of character, as these are their most important gifts. Friendship, initiative, curiosity, a sense of humor, kindness, helpfulness, flexibility, perseverance, and more.

With school finished but for end of year reports and in-service training, I'll turn my attention to teaching adults. Serious editing of my woodworking with kids book is about to commence as I'm preparing for summer classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. At the beginning of July I have an editor from Fine Woodworking coming to take photographs for yet another article about box making.

Do not forget that we are launching a capital campaign for our hands-on learning center. Part of the funds will be used to add onto the new wood shop. Part will be used to enclose a large porch for use in visual arts. Part will be used to turn  a large kitchen into a culinary arts studio. The Windgate Foundation will match funds (gifts or pledges) one for one up to a total of $35,000.00. This is a chance to donate and see your money doubled for a good cause. You can mail checks to the Clear Spring School PO Box 511, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Donations can also be made by phone. Please call 479-253-7888. Contributions are tax deductible.

The doll house is one made by a couple of my middle school students to be played with in the lower grades.

Make, fix, create and assist others in learning likewise.

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