October was a busy month! Both preschool classes enjoyed a fun field trip to Pullen Park. As one group was driving toward the park, the children commented on the big downtown buildings. Miss Amanda asked the kids, "What city is that?" and one child shouted, "NEW YORK CITY!" For the rest of the day, everyone thought they were in New York City! The train, carousel, boats, and playground provided great entertainment.
Homework Help is busting at the seams. Bus arrival times have fluctuated quite a bit, which has created a challenge in our scheduling for each school. Each week, it does seem like the buses are more easy to predict. We've had several students drop in to share big successes! One student shared with us her first 3! She said, "I usually get 1's or 2's!". We celebrated our top readers at the first Best Reader Party of the year on October 31. Over 55 kids qualified for this party and a number of kids were recognized as having perfect attendance. The party was a big hit with games, snacks, a photo booth, and lots of volunteer helpers. Several students who did not read enough to qualify for the party have already expressed interest in reading every day this quarter. Yay for competition!
The new Millbrook High School ESL tutoring program has been well received. During the first period of the day on Mondays and Wednesdays, a group of tutors meets with about 15 ESL-1 students in the school's media center. Tutors focus on English literacy while completing assignments, playing learning games, and engaging in conversation. Elizabeth Rudd has led this program for our team!
Bible Studies continue to grow. Derek Baas and Josh Rudd lead 2 boys' studies on Friday nights (5-8th grade and high school). Sarah Beth Sickling, Justine Wagner, and Elizabeth Rudd lead 3 girls' studies on Thursdays and Fridays (elementary, middle, and high school). All the Bible Studies will celebrate a Thanksgiving Dinner at New Life Camp in a few weeks. Members of Imago Dei Church will provide the food for this event. We are thrilled to see so many students interested in studying God's word.
On November 4, St. Philip Lutheran Church hosted a community coat sale. For two hours, families shopped for warm winter coats for the whole family. Coats were sold for a nominal fee and it was exciting to think of everyone being prepared for the coming winter months.
It is such a blessing to live life among our friends at Cedar Point. God continues to provide exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. We are so thankful for the many volunteers who show up day after day. To God be the Glory!