Our Girls On The Run team at Alderwood has had a busy month! We began work on a student-led service project, as part of our curriculum surrounding empathy building and creating community. The girls have been enthusiastically making cards of encouragement to send to Children’s Hospital. We also took part in a 5k run at a local park to celebrate the end of the quarter. Many parents came to the event, and even ran alongside their daughters! We are proud to of these girls for aiming high to achieve their personal goals, expanding their social circle, and being active and compassionate members of their many communities.
Open gym is offered to Shuksan students every Wednesday evening. Its an excellent opportunity not only for kids to move and play but connect to fun, caring adults as well.Our staff members work with students in school and during after school programs every day, it’s incredibly beneficial for students to see a familiar face in a variety of settings. Several volunteers and staff dedicate their time to providing an enjoyable, safe environment for students to practice and learn basketball, soccer, volleyball and sometimes dance! In this activity they make their own choices. We notice that through this autonomy students grow as teammates and leaders. They are always respectful of the space, each other and adults. Students from various social groups, backgrounds, and personalities join in on casual games, like bump- a student and staff favorite! (pictured above) Movement and play lends itself for building relationships and simply allows the students to move freely and feel welcome.