After major and minor classes yesterday, students rushed to get ready for their final presentations. The students were all able to show off very impressive work. In only three weeks, students learned how to tell stories and paint images with different forms of poetry and short fiction, and shared samples of their writing with the group. The Speech and Debate classes focussed on how to write and present persuasive and inspiring arguments. The minor class did a short-form debate on whether or not the budgets of arts programs at schools should be completely redirected to fund STEM programs, while the major class did a full debate on whether or not schools should mandate a uniform. Other students, who learned how to use different photographic media to convey messages or feelings with photographs, hung their work all around the walls of our Prep Center. The students in the computer game design class stood beside their laptops and let others walk around to play the games that they created from scratch! Everyone was amazed by the remarkable work of their peers.
The four teachers then presented awards to students who demonstrated especially outstanding work over the course of the program. Brian chose Georgia for Creative Writing, Kari chose Assata for Speech and Debate, David chose Ashley for Photography, and Luke chose Burke for Game Design. After receiving their awards and hearing some closing remarks, the whole group watched a video with pictures we took over the course of the entire program. Everyone felt nostalgic and some teared up. Their tears, however, quickly dried when we told the students about our surprise trip to Dockweiler Beach!
Students quickly got ready and hopped on a bus that took the group to one of the nicest beaches we’ve visited. We ate pizza on the sand and played games until the sun set. Students’ favorite games were Yee-haw and Wink Murder. We ended our night at the beach by roasting marshmallows over a warm bonfire, putting glow sticks around our wrists, and sharing final laughs and stories.
Today, students woke up early to eat breakfast and get ready for their travelling day. As some started to leave, others rushed out of their beds to give each other hugs and say their final goodbyes.
The last three weeks with everyone have been amazing! We all learned so much from our teachers and from each other and have made strong bonds with some lifelong friends. All of the students had such an amazing time, and some already began wishfully planning trips to see each other next summer and winter break. Many even shared group photos on Instagram captioning, “I’ll miss you guys, my second family!” We sincerely hope these students stay in touch! They were an irreplaceable group of kids.
Check out our final video!!