During Seattle Public Schools’ Spring Break, East African Community Services had the opportunity to host the Spring Break Freedom School Program. The program was held at 9:45am-2:00pm on April 10, 2017-April 14, 2017. We engaged in a lot of fun activities which included reading a book entitled “Bud, Not Buddy,” the Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, R.I.P.P.E.D., and a movie day.
The students had the opportunity to read the book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This book was about a young boy named Bud who is from Flint Michigan. Bud is a motherless boy who is on the run with a suitcase in hand and is a young author himself. He never knew who his dad was but his mother left behind some clues that would help him find his father.
The K-5 students and the middle school students here had an opportunity to collaborate with one another and read and complete this book during the spring break program. The students made posters describing what occurred in each chapter and presented their learning of the chapter.
The Woodland Park Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo came and brought a snake in order for us to learn more about snakes. Every student had the opportunity to touch the snake if they wanted to and the snakes skin was compared to “feeling like a basketball” by many students. The Woodland Park Zoo also led a clay activity where each student got to first draw an environment on a piece of paper and then got to make an animal out of clay that would live in the environment they created. This activity allowed each student to express their creativity and use the information that they learned from the Woodland Park Zoo about animals into a fun art project.
The Seattle Aquarium taught us about Sharks and gave an informative and interactive presentation and activities. The activities that the students engaged in allowed them to learn about the different types, sizes and diets of sharks and the students had the opportunity to touch real shark teeth. The students got to play games games centered around sharks. These activities allowed the students to explore a new topic and have a chance to become more knowledgeable about Sharks.
The students had the opportunity to engage in a R.I.P.P.E.D course that was taught by our K-5 Program Manager Shontia Copeland-Walton. R.I.P.P.E.D. is a exercise program that runs on the values of Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet. The program allowed the students to become active while having fun.
Movie Day: Minions
We concluded our Spring Break Program with a movie day featuring the movie “Minions” which is a spin-off of the movie “Despicable Me.” The students enjoyed this movie selection and had a fun time during Movie Day.