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December 2010 Newsletter Youth Advisory Board

Pictured Above and Below: At our November AHAS Saturday students create sea creatures.

As one of the first tasks of the year the Youth Advisory Board is doing a coat drive. They are collecting new and gently used coats for members of our community. They have already contacted their local schools for support, but any extra coats donated would be greatly appreciated. If you have a coat that you would like to donate please contact morgan.parker@email.wsu.edu. Youth Advisory Board members have also been working to support other members on AHAS Saturdays. Their mentoring has been helpful to staff and students during these activities.

Outdoor Education Continuing with the theme of “Under the Sea”, students created several fish prints. This is a fun exercise that uses paint, and the students learn about the skeletal structure of fish. Students took their prints with them at the end of the day.

Art Education The theme for the November AHAS Saturday was “Under the Sea”. For the Art Education lesson the students learned about the anatomy of the octopus and created their very own personal octopus made from recycled bottles, tissue paper, and construction paper. Staff and Volunteers were very impressed with the students’ abilities to create new ways to make their art projects sturdy and scientifically accurate.

Pictured Above: At our November AHAS Saturday a student shows off her fish print made for outdoor education.


AHAS December 2010 Newsletter .

Writing Workshop Students attending the November workshop ranged in age from 10 to 20. The session started by introducing themselves to each other and talking about their favorite writers. Students wrote short stories or poems about themselves, their families, funny things that happened to them, or things that they hoped might happen to them someday.

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On October 30 we had an AHAS Halloween Party. Students went on a treasure hunt, learned about mystery science, created masks, and designed costumes from newspaper. Pictured Below: AHAS students creating Halloween costumes from nothing but newspaper and tape.

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Pictured Below: AHAS students spend a Saturday morning participating in a writer’s workshop.

Monday Today we are learning about dinosaurs. Tuesday Today we are learning about pets. Wednesday Today we are learning about the solar system. Thursday Today we are going on a field trip to the zoo.

Upcoming Events

Friday Today we have a special guest from the fire AHAS Saturdays: department to tell us about fire safety. January 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @WSUV January 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @WSUV Youth Advisory Board January 15, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. @WSUV Prairie View Events Please contact Morgan Parker for info.

Contact AHAS AHAS OFFICE: 360-546-9363 www.AtHomeAtSchool.org

Prairie View We took 20 students to the WSUV campus to spend a day relaxing and building relationships with peers and mentors. The group watched Red Hot Ballroom, a documentary about instituting ballroom classes into schools; played board games; and had a dance competition.

Special Thanks: To our wonderful sponsors and partners: AHAS Scholars, Community Foundation for SW Washington, Dreaming Zebra Foundation, Divine Consign Fund, Holzman Foundation, Jack Will and Rob Boys and Girls Club, Kaiser Permanente Employee Giving, Kohls Community Programs, Kwamba Productions, Learning Palace, Legacy Community Health Fund, State Farm Insurance, Wolf Family Fund, Youth Service America

Director: Susan Finley, Ph.D. Associate Professor Washington State University finley@vancouver.wsu.edu

Program Coordinators: Melody Autry-O’Dell melody.autryodell@email.wsu.edu Stephanie Stutesman stephanie.stutesman@email.wsu.edu

Volunteer Coordinator: Morgan Parker morgan.parker@email.wsu.edu

Volunteers Always Needed!!!

AHAS December Newsletter  

December newsletter of events and upcoming things at AHAS

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