As it appeared in the Westside Bulletin, June, 2017.
Greetings from The Graham Academy!
The school year has come to end, and the Graham Academy has had a spectacular year! There were so many events and activities that we hosted, most recently being our Talent Show and End of Year Celebration. Our annual Talent Show is one of the biggest events during the year. Many of the students participated by displaying a talent or helping as a stage crew member. The students do an amazing job and many tears are shed by proud parents and staff!
June is always a busy month as we conclude the school year with trips to Frances Slocum State Park for the Graham Academy Community BBQ. Students and staff spend the day at the park enjoying games, activities, and a bbq lunch. The experience provides opportunity for students to socialize with their peers from other classes they often don’t get to see.
The final Graham Challenge, a fitness growth tool, measures physical growth of the students throughout the year. The students compete in the Graham Challenge in the fall, winter, and in the spring. The final Challenge is included as part of Field Day and includes popsicles and medals for achievement.
Finally, the last event of the school year, a first for the Graham Academy, is the End of Year Celebration. This new tradition is to celebrate the hard work of the students throughout the year with a multimedia presentation. We are also celebrating the inaugural senior class graduating from the Graham Academy. The Graham Academy community is excited and proud of those students graduating this June.
While many schools close for the summer, the Graham Academy remains open to provide an extended school year summer program which assists students maintain the structure of school routine as well as retaining progress made throughout the school year. The half day program will run June through the beginning of August. During the summer, students will have the opportunity to continue the expansion of the Produce Stand hours and produce for sale. The produce is organic and grown at the school by the students throughout the school year for use in the family consumer science curriculum. Excess produce is then sold at the stand. We encourage you to stop by this summer and get some of the highest quality, freshest produce in Kingston! Hours and items will be posted on the Graham Garden and Produce Stand Facebook page.