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Food Bank

Posted by Susan Paalman on December 18, 2017 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

Jacob used his charity money to get food and donations for the Maryland food bank with his classmates.


Posted by Benjamin Sujan Skalka on March 16, 2017 at 5:50pm 0 Comments

Lately I have been thinking about Manners. I hear a lot of people at school gossiping and making fun of other people. I think that's bad manners because you're hurting their feelings and yours.…


Food Bank Donations

Posted by Karen Duehmig on December 2, 2016 at 4:13pm 0 Comments

Karen joined some friends and they collected and then delivered food to a local food bank. They provided about 300 lbs of food to be distributed to needy families over the holidays. …


More... Trash...

Posted by Karen Duehmig on September 8, 2016 at 3:56pm 0 Comments

Karen has unofficially adopted a stretch of road on her way to school and keeps it clean. I think it is eye opening for her to see how often it gets trashed again. But she sees the mess and keeps working on it. Proud of her!…


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Food Bank

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Kaitlyn donating 10 bagged lunches for the Lighthouse Shelter.
Feb 25
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Blue Ribbon Project

Matthew and his family volunteered to make backpacks of love at the Blue Ribbon Project.
Dec 11, 2017


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Angst the Movie: a review and some thoughts

Last evening I had the opportunity to see the documentary “Angst, Anxiety is treatable – It is okay to say” at Broadneck High School. First congratulations to Broadneck and the feeder schools for their effort to bring this documentary to both the students, parents, and community. This film “explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what …

Gift of Character: Strength – The Definition

Each month we will discuss one virtue. This month’s virtue is Strength. Strength means:  “I have the power to endure my tests.” Balanced Life Skills is about working with parents and teachers to empower them to bring out the best in our children and ourselves. We believe that each of us have all the virtues within us and …

How does empathy effect integrity to values?

Being true to ourselves, authentic and living to our highest values can be challenging, especially when the events of the day or the choices made by others hurt us. When there is an event that takes place that doesn’t fit into our plans or idea of how it was going to go how do we …


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