We absolutely LOVED having The Lion Heart Experience at our school. What an amazing assembly. See if you can spot yourself in this video!
- Tara Triezenberg, our reading specialist
- Kalynne Williams, our teacher’s aide
- Jared Meldrum, our assistant principal
- Sara Hogle, Human Resources generalist
Mrs. Priddy’s husband, son, and daughter also made a special visit to the class to do a little reading! How fun! (Pictured below)
We even had read-a-louds on Facebook after the schools closed from Mrs. Zavesky, Mrs. Triezenberg, and Ms. Frizzle!
Check out the most recent Facebook Read-A-Loud here! Follow our Facebook page for resources and activities to keep you busy during quaratine!
The sixth graders at Three Oaks Public School Academy went to Community enCompass to learn more about homelessness in Muskegon, MI. As part of their service-learning initiative this year, the sixth graders are focusing on homelessness and how they can help people in their community.
The service-learning initiatives have been introduced so that students learn how to be part of the change and solution to many of the unjust things happening in the world and in their own community.
Community enCompass is a neighborhood development organization serving the core-city neighborhoods of Muskegon. During their visit, they also connected with the Homeless Service Program (HARA) of Community enCompass.
The leaders of the program expressed that the students had great questions and that they were very impressed with their knowledge and insight. Some of the questions that they asked were:
- What are the main causes of homelessness?
- How much abuse is in the homeless population?
- Why do people degrade and attack homeless people?
- Where do homeless people sleep?
- What is the best solution for homelessness?
The students were intrigued by the presenters and their own personal and inspiring stories as well. They expressed that they were so happy to learn about Community enCompass, the service that they are providing to the community and how much they are doing it out of love and commitment to Muskegon.
The final part of the day was learning about solutions that they could offer. Students learned how they could serve food and the importance of getting in touch with their local officials and encouraging them to support the homeless population.
We are thankful for the opportunity that our students encountered at Community enCompass. It was a wonderful day of experiential learning.
The Three Oaks school community has a genuine spirit of giving this year and the staff has been instrumental in teaching students what this truly means. It is truly remarkable to see the outpouring of compassion from the entire school community.
During math, the fourth graders have been learning about ratios. To make this into an experiential learning project, the 3rd and 4th-grade teachers bought supplies to make trail mix. With a lesson plan, they put together the right ratio for the trail mix.
Then, they sold it to make money and then gave all the proceeds to Kids Food Basket!
The PTO also wanted to show love, so they worked very closely with the school to identify students who were homeless and families who were in need. The student council collected toys and the PTO supplied other items that the families indicated that they needed.
Finally, the PERCS (providing emotional wellbeing through responsibility, character traits, and service-learning) class made Christmas cards and distributed them at a local assisted living center.
By showing these acts of kindness, families feel cared for and experience a true feeling of belonging. That is what Three Oaks Academy is all about. We are a family that expects academic excellence and takes care of one another.
At Three Oaks, we believe it’s important to partner with local community organizations to give back and impact our city. This year each grade (kindergarten through sixth) is heading up a different project to help the greater community of Muskegon. Together, we are learning unique ways to engage through service-learning projects.
We were lucky enough to have Maranda of WoodTV8 and WOTV4 come out to highlight these service-learning projects. When she visited, she interviewed students, Ms. Vasbinder and Mr. Meldrum about the impact these projects have had on them and the community.
We believe that all children are capable of achieving excellence in their academic lives and should be prepared for active citizenship in their communities.
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