After four successful weeks, this year's summer program came to an end on Friday, July 24. The program was coordinated by Shari Epstein and supervised by Terri Nicholson. Five college students from varied academic backgrounds taught the classes.
Our theme this summer was "We Can Make a Difference." Teachers emphasized the students' ability to make a positive difference to the world by being responsible and thoughtful of their actions and behavior. The theme was woven into classes whenever possible.
Students participated in writing, ecology, art, music and drama classes. The children took many walks throughout the summer. These included outside learning activities in ecology, and blackberry picking. The older girls concentrated on social issues and values. They learned about women in history who have made a difference to the world.
The boarding dormitory had seventeen students this year. The students in the dorm came from faraway Taiwan and sachusets, and nearby Bodhi House next door. We planned many afternoon and evening activities as well as two weekend fieldtrips. The first trip was a day hike through the redwoods at Hendy Woods. The last weekend before school ended we spent the night on the Pacific coast. Michael and Sarah Owen, teachers here during the regular school year, hosted the boarding girls and teachers in their home at the coast.
It has been a wonderful summer program for all involved. We hope that next summer can be as positive and eventful as this one has been. We are looking for input and suggestions to keep our program growing in a positive direction. Teachers and students interested in participating next summer, should contact Terri Nicholson at (707) 462-0939 for more information.