This year’s 2nd Annual Freeport FebFest of Arts & Culture featured scores of events celebrating the richness of Freeport’s arts community. One memorable evening’s event featured the collaboration of Freeport’s Community Band “Coastal Winds” and the Pine Tree Academy Band, both under the direction of PTA Principal and band teacher, Brendan Krueger. In an evening pops concert which helped “to blow some spring into the winter doldrums,” these two groups combined to present music that spanned nearly 300 years, from Bach to contemporary musicals. This intergenerational group of around 70 musicians was a highlight of the many FebFest events.
On Tuesday, February 9, Pine Tree Academy students in grades 9-12 were presented with a talk on the dangers of distracted driving. Two visitors from the Bureau of Highway Safety set up simulators that the students could try out. The students were asked to "drive" the car while listening to the directions being given to them on the screen. In addition, they had a passenger in the "car" that they were conversing with. Finally, when given a signal, they were supposed to text a friend at the same time. Several "crashes" resulted in this distracted driving. It was a good reminder to students that texting and driving is unsafe as well as ILLEGAL.
When does a pair of scissors zip instead of snip? When you are trimming lamination! During a recent study hall the above high schoolers helped trim excess lamination off of easy phonics readers for PTA’s National Honor Society service project. These readers are destined for eight schools in Micronesia. There the humidity wreaks havoc on paper of all kinds says Mrs. Dana Waterman, former student missionary to Ebeye Seventh-day Adventist School, one of the schools destined to receive the books. The lamination extends the life of the book and keeps the pictures looking sharp.
PTA’s National Honor Society’s service project aims to send each school five short-vowel sets of 10 readers each and five long-vowel sets of 10 readers each. Each booklet will contain four laminated sheets, which when stapled creates an eight page easy reader. Do the math and you’ll see that eventually 3,200 pages will need to be laminated and trimmed. Thanks to many helpful hands, we have compiled enough to send to our first school, that’s 100 books, or 400 pages of lamination. Thank you, students! Speak with Mrs. Goorhuis, our National Honor Society sponsor if you wish to help.