+ Foundation class continues tradition
What began as a class serving opportunity once a month at Matthew’s Hope has blossomed into a special Christmas serving tradition.
Foundation Academy’s Class of 2017 began serving a monthly dinner at Matthew’s Hope. In the students’ fifth-grade year, Matthew’s Hope put on its first Christmas party and asked the groups that came in who would want to take on different portions of the party.
The Foundation Academy group was assigned the meal. The students make the Christmas dinner meal, serve it, wait the tables and clean up. They create the meal, which includes turkey, two starches, two veggies, drinks, homemade desserts, coffee and eggnog.
Then most of the students are assigned to tables and wait on that table from beginning to end, including making the guests to-go boxes. The other students keep the food replenished and serve the plates to the waitstaff. Parents also pitch in and take charge of the kitchen to make sure there are no calamities.
The students have continued this tradition for six years.
+ SunRidge receives Spruce Up Award
SunRidge Middle School recently received the Spruce Up Award from Orange County School Board member Christine Moore.
This award consisted of a curb appeal project for our school with mulching and weed control. The project was a collaboration between students from both SunRidge Middle and Westside Tech, who helped improve the landscaping around the school.
+ Whispering Oak hosts food drive
The National Elementary Honor Society at Whispering Oak Elementary held its Annual Food Drive. Members set a goal of collecting 2,500 items and the school exceeded that by collecting more than 3,600 items. The donations will benefit Bread of Life in Ocoee to help local families in need.
+ Family Christian crowns bee winners
Family Christian School recently held a school-wide spelling bee to determine which students will represent the school at the ACSI Spelling Bee in February 2015. Each grade had a spell-off, which narrowed down the students to two per grade that will be competing in the bee. Front row, from left: Preston Frisch, Lyla Munson, Cole Toughey and Magnus Putigna. Second row, from left: Leo Napolitano, Tiana Tran, Lola Ackman and Timothy Harrington. Third row, from left: Elizabeth Charriez, Daniel Harrington, Bella Scramoncin and Davie Wimberly. Back row, from left: Max Terechenok, Landon O’Brien, Drew Michael and Megan Lung.