Posts filed under ‘Horizon’
Mrs. Powers’ Class Takes On The Caines’ Arcade Cardboard Challenge
by Addison Urch, Olivia Paquette, Ava Medici and Grant Schroeder
Have you ever heard of Caine’s Arcade? Well, let us tell you all about it. Caine is a nine year old boy. He made an arcade out of cardboard. Our class was inspired by him. We made our own arcade that is mostly made out of cardboard and duct tape. Mrs. Powers’ class created a Caine’s Arcade at Allen Brook School. This was a fundraiser for the charity Imagination Foundation.
We put together pieces of cardboard to make some of our favorite arcade games. We duct-taped spoons to clips so you could chuck a ball into a cup. We made a Desert Ramp Rabbit game. We made a rabbit out of a lego car and used clay to make it a rabbit. You tried to roll the rabbit down the ramp and into the hole.
We also made ‘The Claw.’ We used a hook, tied it to string and used pipe cleaners with a number attached. You had to pick up the pipe cleaner. You’d pull it out and you could trade in the numbers for prizes.
We invited other classes in Horizon and asked them to play our games. Each game cost twenty-five cents. They loved it because it was really fun and they could earn prizes.
We raised over $200. We kept ten percent for our class and will donate $180.00! We will give it to Caine’s Scholarship fund for his college. It will matched and that money goes to The Imagination Foundation. This foundation supports children and encourages them to be young entrepreneurs. We were proud that we could give money to the charity.
By Madeline Bunting, Addison Hunter, Addison Urch, and Nina Zimakas
Horizon House students at ABS worked really hard to gather $551.00!
We raised money to buy things on a wish list for the Committee on Temporary Shelter. We wanted people to have a nice place to stay so they wouldn’t get cold and they could survive.
We did this so poor people could get things that they might need. Some of the things on C.O.T.S.’s wish list are pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, wash cloths, shampoo, diapers, pots and pans, and toothpaste.
We raised the money by having a bake sale and selling lots of yummy baked goods. It costs 50 cents for one cupcake, cookie, pretzel wand or another baked good. Parents and kids made baked goods at their house so they were homemade.
Things were for sale during lunch and recess on Friday, December 14th. Students and adults from all of the Houses at ABS and some people from outside of school came to buy baked goods. A man came and wrote a check for $100 and said he wanted to be anonymous! Before that, we only had $451.00. The bake sale was amazing. It was fun and it was hard work. People who bought the baked goods were happy to support C.O.T.S.
On Wednesday, December 19th a woman named Nicole, from C.O.T.S., came to talk to Horizon students. She told us that everyone in C.O.T.S. shares the kitchen, the bathroom and just one computer. We gave her the things we bought with the money we raised. We bought all of the things on the wish list and even more! She reacted like she was going to cry with joy! She was so happy.
We felt proud of ourselves for everything we did to help the people at C.O.T.S. but we are still sad that there are people who don’t have homes.
Horizon Students at Shelburne Farms
All of Horizon House went to Shelburne Farms to learn about fall, the forest and Mother Nature. We wondered why the forest is a community.
Now, we think it is a community because animals live there and it’s a habitat. We learned that animals help the earth. Earthworms make air holes and salamanders eat fungus and bugs.
Addie didn’t expect her Dad to find a snake and Sean didn’t expect a snake to crawl up his leg when he was sitting in the forest! Addison didn’t know they would be able to play in the forest and Norah was surprised that they were able to help make benches.
Each group had a guide. Norah’s group used wire brushes to take bark off of wood and then sandpaper to smooth the wood. Everyone got to make a bench by using three pieces of wood. One was flat and firm to sit on and 2 pieces were round and fat to hold it up. We took them apart when we were finished sitting.
Some groups learned that it takes many years to make soil with air, water, rock and minerals.
All groups learned that the forest helps us by giving us maple syrup, apples, plums, other food, firewood and paper. Trees also give us oxygen. The trees have different wood. Sapwood is on the outside closer to the bark. That’s easier to cut than the middle of the tree which is heartwood. The number of rings tells how many years it’s been alive. We searched for a tree up to our waist, one we could wrap two fingers around, two hands around, that we could hug, that two people could hug, three then four people and one that had fallen down.
We all learned a lot. Going to Shelburne Farms was awesome!
In Mr. Bolger’s class students learn that creative writing is about noticing the things that are around you. They went for a walk to practice this skill. Enjoy the video and the poem the class created after their writers’ walk! Please leave a comment. Students are eager to hear what others think of their work.
A Clouds-Shaped-Like Unicorns Day
This morning we ran out the door and we went for a walk.
It was a warm-moist-air day, a sweet-pollen
It was a rain-sprinkly, fresh-breezy day
a bunpy, scratchy, thorny-walk day.
An asphalt-like-a-drum, fall-in-the-ditch
muddy-pants, squishy-shoes day.
We felt happy and joyful and calm, excited warm, cold and dreamy.
A stomach-growly day.
Could you hear the windmill whirling or the crickets chirping
on our bird-singing, grass rustling, cars-whooshing,
leaves rattling, far-off-swings-creaking day?
Did you see the chickadee? And the circling hawk, the butterfly-fluttering?
It was a scary, crinkly-striped yellow-jackety
A clouds-shaped-like-unicorns day.