Thank you to everyone who participated in the 18th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing! We had beautiful weather, a terrific lunch, and great golf and tennis. Special thanks to Clerk, Mark Mitchell and committee members Ross Blair, Paul Bondy, Ed Conrad, Carli Masia, Neal Masia, and George Rusnak.
All proceeds of the event are designated for the Tuition Assistance Fund, and support the school's commitment to making an NFS education a viable option for many families. We truly appreciate the support of the many generous sponsors, advertisers, participants, and volunteers who helped to make this important fundraiser a success. See you all next year!
Eighth grade students experienced a three-day trip to the Global Village at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA. HEIFER INTERNATIONAL is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. This powerful global education program inspires visitors to take action.
This experience challenged them to experience poverty in a developing community firsthand. Students worked together in "families" to trade at the global village market, to cook over an open fire, and to grapple with critical scenario simulations such as medical emergencies and natural disasters. Students left the farm with a far greater understanding of the world outside NFS and the many ways they can take action for positive change.
Newtown Friends School opened its 67th year with a new outdoor classroom and playground. Designed by Nature Explore, a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Education Research Foundation, the outdoor classroom and playground will help nature become an integral, joyful part of children's daily learning.
During the school year, teachers and students will enjoy new learning and play possibilities as they connect with the beatury and wonder of nature, including planting flowers and weeding the garden, using a rain barrel to catch water to water the plants, creating art projects from natural and recycled materials, and constructing bird houses to feed and attract birds.