The Orchard Place Campus School provides multiple activities for our students thanks to the help of volunteers. These programs give the children creative outlets and often help them realize new talents and possibilities.
Current Activities Include:
Students meet weekly for summer, fall or spring creative writing sessions. Writers are encouraged to think outside the to develop creative ways to compose stories or poetry. At the end of the session, each student selects works to be printed in a class book, and they attend a reception where they read their works to their peers on campus.
Students work with volunteers weekly for the time that they live on Campus. Children are taught decorative painting skills on surfaces like clay pots, baskets, paper mache boxes and canvas.
Running / Sports Groups
The running group helps students prepare for a 5K run. Basketball and weightlifting groups are also available for the students.
The Orchard Place Girl Scouts group has been a campus activity for more than 10 years. Work is conducted to attain badges that teach life skills such as cooking and first aid. Recently the group worked to build a working robot with Legos. This project is encouraging STEM education for young girls.
Volunteers bring their own pet therapy certified dogs to campus weekly to work with children during the time they live on Campus. The program is very special to the kids. Many like to be involved since while on Campus they are living away from their own pets.
Mentors spend one hour a week with a child on campus. There are typically 15-20 children and mentors involved in the program. Mentors act as support for the children, providing friendship and guidance. Many also choose to work on life skills with the kids and teach skills like cooking or sewing.
Tutors, like mentors, spend one hour a week with an individual child. They help the child complete general homework assignments, as well as work on subjects that are difficult for many kids like math, science or reading and writing.
Board Game / Unit Volunteers
Several volunteers come weekly to play board games with the children on Campus.
Ice Cream Social
A yearly ice cream social is held as a back to school celebration for the kids on campus. Last year's celebration included a DJ, face painters, and an ice cream sundae bar.
Each December, 9-10 companies and community groups hold holiday parties for the kids on campus, which include gifts, pizza, and games.
Volunteer groups often visit the Campus for one-time events like the PinkStew Entertainment ladies who visited and taught the kids how to make balloon animals.