Grand Mesa Statesman Academy started Sept. 11 and will continue throughout the school year. Currently there are 35 homeschool students enrolled for one-day-a-week group classes in a Christian-based environment.
A main goal is leadership education. The Wednesday classes are held in Wick Hall at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Cedaredge.
Three classrooms include youngsters up to seven years of age; core classes for those ages 8 through 11; scholar classes for ages 12 to 18.
Each Wednesday the younger children have their curriculum based on a letter of the alphabet. This week the letter is "D" with a science class and storytime about dinosaurs, tied in with music and crafts with a "D."
Core-class students are involved with "hands-on" projects based on learning science, social studies and literature. In their music class, they are currently using percussion instruments for drumming and marching.
The older boys and girls are spending each Wednesday morning in a "Key of Liberty" class where they study our country's founding documents, the Constitution, the Revolutionary War and that time period in our nation's history. The afternoons are devoted to literature where they are reading and studying Shakespeare. At the end of the school year, they will be dramatizing a "full-blown" Shakespearean play for the community.
These classes are family-funded and taught by volunteers. Costs for supplies, rent and insurance have been raised through yard sales. A "Taste of the Town" community cooking contest and silent auction was held Sept. 28 at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town. Funds raised at this event will help pay the non-profit application fee that is being pursued.
Plans are to make this contest and auction an annual event.
Anyone could enter the contest. Visitors were invited to make a donation to sample bite-sized pieces and mark their tastiest choices on a ballot in each category.
First place winners in six categories were: Jennifer Bowler for peppers and pinto bean chili; Dea Pyle for tomato/pepper salsa; Julie Pyle for pickled jalapeño and cream cheese hoers d'oeuvres; Jennifer Bowler for yeast bread caramel nut buns; Cheryl Hartter for quick bread cream cheese muffins; and Linda Bell for cinnamon melt cookies.
Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy would like to thank the following local businesses for their generosity in sponsoring their silent auction: Gerhard's Restaurant, Drost's Chocolates, Big E Antiques, Karleen's Kaleidoscope, GeoSoap and Wanda's Whims.blog comments powered by Disqus