Something(s) to Celebrate

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Dear Friends of LEAPS,

It’s hard to imagine that it was only weeks ago that LEAPS had its opening camp day at “Langlais.” Into a simple studio came the children – to plant a butterfly garden, to study host plants and caterpillars, and to spread their wings while making extraordinary varieties of art. Kids have grown in LEAPS and bounds.

They have surprised themselves as collaborators. They’ve experimented with wood like Langlais, explored the forest and the fields, and filled their journals with drawings from the natural world.

All of this is worth celebrating! Today Susan launched the final summer session of the season by creating a context for weather study. Children looked through books about the skies – determining and drawing which planet they felt passionate about.

They tested water color pencils, blending their colors together to see how they intersected. New hues and patterns emerged. Kids checked out constellations too. One girl created her own Milky Way. 

For the start of their windsock project, tempera paint was on hand. Each camper took a bucket and mixed paint into water. Then they dipped strips of cotton fabric into their tubs, running them over to the “Bridge to Nowhere.”  There they hung them out to dry.

All of us at LEAPS are grateful for the opportunity to be partnering with Georges River Land Trust this summer. As our first camp program ever, it’s been a thrill to be learning on Langlais’ turf. Our deepest gratitude goes to the staff at GRLT and to Susan Beebe, who has taught the children well!

Exciting news on other fronts too. LEAPS has been awarded three grants in recent weeks.

• Maine Community Foundation will enable us to offer two programs at Thomaston Grammar School in the upcoming year.                           
• Maine Arts Commission has supplemented RSU 13 funds for a LEAPS’ spring collaboration at “Langlais.” Students from Cushing and Thomaston’s second grades will cross “community boundaries” in a shared program. 

• The First National Bank has underwritten our 2018-19 materials’ budget.

We are sincerely appreciative of their support.

Joy abounds! All of us have s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d ourselves this summer and are feeling the connections between science and art!

Nancy, for the LEAPS’ team!

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