The VBMS Eighth Grade Team spent October 24 learning beyond the classroom walls. Some spent the morning interviewing senior citizens, the afternoon meant making holiday cards for active duty military personnel, while others were washing fire trucks, raking leaves, and preparing the village's holiday decorations. The end of the quarter has traditionally meant a trip to The Cube for ice skating or another reward, but this year's eighth grade team decided that each of the quarterly experiences would engage students in learning that is impossible to replicate while on-campus.
Mrs. Brown, eighth grade language arts teacher, coordinated the day. She spent hours in contact with nearly ten different organizations ensuring that all 80 students had meaningful service to perform that Friday, both in the morning and afternoon. Only a short lunch break and approximately thirty minutes of reflective time at the end of the day brought the students back to school.
One student shared that, while visiting with a Birchaven resident, she learned that the resident was married for 60 years and that she once danced with Shirley Temple. "During Activity Day, I had a lot of fun and I felt really good because I knew that I had done something with my classmates and friends that would impact someone’s life for a long time!"