This year, the 5-8 grades (affectionately called “the Middlins”) class teachers are Kerry Weissmann, Darlene Clark and Selden Smith. This group engages in a variety of activities. Selden has developed a Quaker Monopoly game as a fun way to learn Quaker history (fun fact; the person who created an early version of the game Monopoly was Quaker!), so the class has spent several Sundays playing that. The class has also spent time learning about FCNL, a Quaker lobbying organization and last week, a member of our Meeting, Dorothy Habecker, visited the class to talk about the homeless people in our area, which led to the class deciding to do a “Quarter Drive” to collect quarters to give to people who are homeless for doing their laundry. Sometimes this class will listen to the Friendly Play or Godly Play stories with the younger group and then have their own discussion about the story afterwards (go here to visit the K-4 page to learn more). Being active ranks high on this group’s list and they have gone hiking, painted benches for service projects and crafted their won walking sticks. All of the activities in this class are related back to the Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.
One Sunday a month, together with the high school class, we meet at Foxdale Village, the local Quaker retirement community, and spend time with the residents there, playing games and socializing.