"For our students, school is a refuge from the trauma and hardships of poverty and uncertainty—a place where they feel a sense of community and belonging. This is a place where they have room to learn, laugh with friends and build hope."
- Cheryl M. Bickle, Principal and Teacher
Over the years we have found that our students feel removed from the typical traditions of our society. Birthdays are rarely celebrated, Thanksgiving - as well as Christmas - is often just another day. Since we began in 1990, we have aimed to create traditions that our students look forward to and that allow them to feel that they are part of a bigger community. And, most importantly, that their participation is essential to the success of our traditions.