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Love in Action

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Our Family Packs made comfort blankets to share in our community. Middle school students worked alongside retired teaching staff who volunteered time and helped the students follow patterns and cut fabric. The students then helped lead their young family pack members in assembling the blankets.

Each student at PAES, Kindergarten through 8th, helped make these blankets. They also made cards – writing messages that included art, encouraging words and Bible verses - to gift with each blanket.

PAES students and staff delivered the blankets to the Gresham Police Department [who recognized us from our Gratitude deliveries, see November’s Attitudes of Gratitude blog], the Gresham Fire Department and Our Father’s House. Our Father’s House is a local, non-profit family shelter.

The first responders and shelter staff now have extra comfort to offer anyone needing support in times of crisis. We hope this act of love and service helps our community feel safe and cared for.




Second Graders Design & Build Giant Gingerbread House

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Our 2nd grade students used their STEAM skills to design a Giant Gingerbread House. In the classroom STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It’s an educational method that helps students engage and collaborate.

Students first designed the Giant Gingerbread House by drawing plans and making blueprints. Then they worked together to frame the house with PVC pipe. Finally, they decorated the house with their own art. “My little engineers took on this challenge to create and build this Giant Gingerbread House. I’m so proud of how well they worked together!” said Mrs. Stinson. As a final reward, students used the house as a reading space. 

This is the second year Mrs. Stinson has had a Makerspace in her classroom for STEAM learning. She created it before our all-school Makerspace was planned and  developed it specifically for students in the 2nd grade.  She and her students prove that there’s no age too young to learn to work together.

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