This past month, we focused on “Character” as our theme for a service learning project, and we worked on building character by holding our second annual Water Walk with Thank You Project. 2nd Nature Academy We were even fortunate enough to have Mr. Charles Okorie, founder of Thank You Project, come out and support us again this year. Here are some of the units covered over the course of the month, in preparation for the project and as a part of our integrated curriculum:
- In kindergarten, Ms. Amaral modeled how easy it is for her students to access basic necessities, such as turning on a faucet to get fresh, clean water. The class discussed how not all children are as fortunate, so as to broaden their scope of sympathy and understanding.
- Grades 1 & 2 learned about Thank You Project, as an organization, and the work they do. They discussed the differences between cultures and communities, and the privileges we may take for granted in our own community.
- Grades 3 & 4 learned about the differences between goods and services.
- Grades 5 & 6 compared health and economic statistics from sub-Saharan African nations with statistics from the USA.
- Mr. Okorie spoke to the students in grades 3-8 about his own experiences in Nigeria, as well as the power of privilege and perseverance.
- Grades 3-8 also watched Imba Means Sing, a documentary about a choir of impoverished children from Uganda who traveled to the USA for 18 months, to sing and raise money for educational opportunities back home.
At the Water Walk, we carried 1,014 lbs of water altogether, which equals 121.5 gallons!
- Kindergarten: 113 lbs
- Lower elementary: 245 lbs
- Upper elementary: 214 lbs
- Middle school: 442 lbs
Through all of this hard work, we were able to raise $2,335 for Thank You Project and help them fulfill their mission of building wells in rural Nigeria. We would like to commend all participants on a job well-done, as well as all friends and families who supported the students through their generous donations!
November’s Cause: Preservation of the Hunt Memorial Building
November’s Theme: Collaboration
November’s Goal: Decorate and donate a Christmas tree
Collaboration is all about working together. This month, students will collaborate by joining forces to craft elements of a Polar Express-themed S.T.E.A.M. tree! We are even taking the concept of collaboration to the next level by having 2nd Nature Academy team up with the creative minds at The Enrichment Center and The Painted Turtle for this project. The finished product will be on display at the Hunt Memorial Building in downtown Nashua during its annual Festival of Trees. Festival visitors will be able to then purchase raffle tickets to win their favorite tree. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the Hunt Memorial Building, a Nashua historical landmark. In the past, some of the winners have gone on to pass their trees along to veterans, families in need, or patients in hospice care, continuing the spirit of giving and the power of collaboration.
Want to get in on the holiday fun yourself? Join the Hunt Memorial during the festival:
Friday, November 24th
First Night (ticketed event)
4-9pm (live jazz starting at 6 pm)
Saturday, November 25th
Open to public duringNashua’s 24th Annual Winter Holiday Stroll
Sunday, November 26th
Open to the public during the day (visit Santa!)
Festival of Trees Gala @ 6 pm (ticketed event)
Hunt Memorial Building is a landmark historical building which served as Nashua’s library for sixty-eight years, from 1903 to 1971. Today, the Board of Trustees has endeavored to fulfill the wishes of the Hunt family’s original gift, to provide a setting for the public to use and enjoy, while preserving and restoring an architectural masterpiece.