2nd grade had a BLAST at the FUN RUN today supporting Batten Disease. We are so proud of Hyde Park 8th grader Garland Benson for helping to raise 1 million dollars towards Batten research. We are heading into spring break with FULL hearts after a wonderful week of serving.
Today 2nd grade had a blast teaching Pre K, Kindergarten, and First grade all about JAMAICA at the cultural fair. Students learned about popular Jamaican food, the quadrille dance, the rastacap, the national bird, the climate, and the animals that live there. They also enjoyed listening to reggae music and hearing a kids story from Jamaica. Students tasted sugar cane, plantain chips, and drank Ting juice. It was rewarding for the 2nd graders to serve the younger students at Hyde Park by teaching them and helping them make Jamaican mini books. After teaching others, we had the opportunity to experience other classrooms. We learned about Guatemala, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica. We had a wonderful day and look forward to wrapping up our week tomorrow with the annual Fun Run to support research for Batten Disease.
Today 2nd grade started off by getting ready for our afternoon visit to the fire station. Our kindergarten buddies made large firetruck cards for them and we picked out our favorite Bible verses and added them to the poster. We continued to work on decorations for the cultural fair which will be tomorrow including a large watercolor map of Jamaica. After that we hopped in vans and went to Pillow elementary. While at Pillow we went into Pre K classes and interacted with them. We read, did puzzles, colored, and played with them. Our 2nd graders were wonderful mentors to the Pillow Elementary children and this activity was everyone’s favorite ! After lunch, we joined with our Kindergarten buddies and walked to the fires station to deliver a basket of goodies and our posters. It was a beautiful walk and our hearts were full as we reflected on a day of serving Pillow and our wonderful firefighters.
Today 2nd graders visited the Hyde Park food pantry and donated canned food items that we have been collecting. We learned that this food pantry serves 4 zip codes, but never turns anyone away. It was especially fun walking over with 7th grade buddies who stayed to help sort the cans. We also learned about the Ronald McDonald house and FOOTPRINTS.
2nd graders started off the day by praying for our mission team in Jamaica. We found Jamaica on the map, learned about the Jamaican flag, foods, national bird, and a type of famous dance called the Quadrille. We listened to Reggae music while learning. It was especially fun making a long paper chain in the colors of the flag that we will use to help decorate for Thursday’s cultural fair. In addition to learning all about Jamaica, we listened to a special presentation from the Austin Diaper Bank and learned that they give over 7000 diapers away each year to those in need.
2nd grade is excited to join with the high school team who will be serving at the School for the Deaf in Jamaica! We have been collecting items such as school supplies, games, books and DVD’s, to send with our friends to donate to the school. We enjoyed sitting with them this morning at our special Go Week Chapel and have committed to praying for their trip each day during Go Week.