What's Happening at the Academy

First Presbyterian Academy Student Council is focusing on creating service opportunities for students and families this year. To become an effective leader, one has to have a servant’s heart. The Student Council has selected four organizations to support as one part of their efforts this year. Students have been busily working to support Soles for Hope, Blue Star Mothers, Homewood Assisted Living Facility, and Neighborhood Focus. The kickoff for these service opportunities was Friday, January 23 with a spaghetti supper and work night for families. The families worked as a team to create products to support each of the selected organizations.

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Currently, students are raising funds to send the shoe kits that the families prepared for Uganda. Once the shoe kits arrive in Uganda, soles will be attached and distributed to the children in the various villages. This ministry also provides employment within the targeted villages.

Concurrently, students are reaching out to the residents of Homewood Assisted Living Facility. This facility is located in the downtown area. Trips to Homewood are planned on a quarterly basis. On the day of the outing, time is allotted for the students to mingle with the residents in their commons area, present a small treat, and provide a sing-along. Blessings abound for the residents and the students.

Preparations are being made for the third, fourth, and fifth grade field experience to Virginia’s Colonial Capitol, Williamsburg. This period of history is infused in all three grades, and the history of the colonial village has been thoroughly researched. The bus will be pulling out of the parking lot on Wednesday, February 25. This trip includes the Yorktown Revolutionary War Center and the first successful English colony, Jamestown.

Art instruction in the preschool has created a school full of master artists. Paint, clay, wood, canvas, and stitchery are among the materials presently in use as the children are preparing their masterpieces for the Academy Art Show on Friday, March 27. Tour the art show before or after the Academy Spring Sing. Parent s and grandparents can purchase these one-of-a-kind art works during their visit.

Chemistry is the focus in the STEM Lab for the month of February. Molecular structures are transformed daily as students expand their science knowledge by the manipulation of ordinary items found in a kitchen. These experiences start in our full-day K4 and continue through 5th grade. The wonders of science abound daily with Mrs. Williams! Package engineering is on the horizon.

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