The fourth graders took a nice little stroll to White Oak Savanna this morning. We were met there by Roberta Schwarz, the woman who has taken care of the park for the past fourteen years by raising millions of dollars and coordinating volunteers to help restore the park. One way that Willamette students have helped restore the park is by planting native plants in the park. Today, fourth grade graders planted sword ferns in the riparian area of the park. Then they walked into the park and planted milkweed in hopes of attracting butterflies. It was a beautiful morning spent doing something positive for our community.
Three students led the entire school in a Core Practice, which is a mindful breathing exercise that we do in our classroom three times per day to help calm our brains and prepare for learning. Over 500 students took a moment to sit quietly and take deep breaths. It was a perfect way to start our day.