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November 15, 2018
Honor Roll students in grades 4-high school went on a field trip to tour Chris-Craft boat manufacturers. We arrived just before 9:30, and Matt met us at the door.
After welcoming us to Chris-Craft, he gave us a brief history of this 145-year-old company. We then followed him through the lobby and out into the manufacturing buildings, where we watched and learned about how boats are built. The hull is the outer portion below, the stringer is the middle section, and the deck is the upper section. They build around 400-450 boats every year, and are making plans to expand production soon. Their least expensive boat sells for about $100,000 while their high-end boats go for about $700,000. They make and ship boats around the world.
After our tour of Chris-Craft was complete, we went to Chick-fil-A for lunch, then on to Colonial Oaks park. The students played for awhile until a party who had reserved the gym arrived, so we left and went to The Mall at UTC. This worked out well, considering the weather was a bit rainy this afternoon. We saved time at the end of the day for Slurpees at 7-Eleven.
October 16, 2018
Today your Honor students went on a field trip to Agape Flights in Venice, Florida. CarolAnne greeted us at the front door and welcomed us inside, where she took us on a tour of the building. Agape Flights serves missionaries in the Caribbean by flying supplies to them. They serve the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.
Our first stop was the airplane hanger, where we saw the mailroom, the cargo sorting department, and the maintenance area. Agape Flights flies every week, at the cost of about $5,000 USD per flight just in fuel and airport fees. They serve around 350 missionaries stationed in the Caribbean.
From the hanger we went upstairs to the administrative offices, and got a brief welcome and pep talk from the CEO, Mr. Allen Speer. CarolAnne then gave the students a "quiz" and awarded a goodie bag to everyone with an answer. Of course, everyone got a goodie bag - including the chaperones!
Leaving Agape Flights, we had a few minutes before lunch, so we went to Target to do some browsing. The students voted to go to McDonald's for lunch, then we went to Venice Pier where we watched fishermen and women catch Ladyfish and Pompano. After digging our toes into the sand on Venice Beach for a few minutes, we loaded up and went to 7-Eleven for Slurpees.
August 15, 2018
Orientation was held Tuesday evening instead of the planned Monday evening because of he memorial service for Anna Borntrager Yoder, who is fondly remembered for her sunny personality and unassuming service over the years. (You can see her at school here.) Yesterday evening, for Orientation, students showed up with their supplies, looking for their new desk and finding friends to hang out with. The school board brought yummy Ranch Pretzels and lemonade for a snack, and the evening was a success!
The first day of school was the first day of school for one classroom; grades k-3 were not here today (lots of health and travels stuff going on), which left the building much quieter than usual.
Grades 4-high school settled in really well today, and they are off to a great start this year! We look forward to having the younger grades join us next week.
July 21, 2018
Lots of cleaning got done this morning! With the help of willing workers and good planning from the board, the school house and playground look very different. The windows sparkle, the doors are spotless, the kitchen and restrooms look great and smell nice - it's amazing! The last step is carpet cleaning, then the teachers will jump in and get their classrooms ready.
Thank you all for showing up and making a difference! It won't be long until the classrooms will be bustling with activity again, filled with the cheerful noise of students!
July 2, 2018
SAVE THE DATE: schoolhouse cleaning is scheduled for July
Your help is greatly appreciated as we prepare the building and grounds for the students' arrival in just a few weeks!
Orientation will be on Monday evening, August 13, and the first day of school is August 15.
Are you ready?