Sunday, December 9, 2012
A unique family is part of the hands-on lessons at the Largo Country Day School's Little Barn, which is home to more than 20 animals.
It took a "village" to help a chick hatch recently at the Country Day School in Largo. The Vonn Road school hosts The Little Barn, an outdoor classroom with more than 20 animals, on its 9-acre campus. According to a post on the school's Facebook page, one of the chickens recently laid an egg, and another hen then decided to take over sitting on the nest. Then, just for good measure, "Mama Turkey" decided to help out by taking turns sitting on the egg, too. The baby chick is doing fine. It visited the school's primary classes recently, and Country Day's Facebook page has photos of the happy chicken/turkey family. Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to get our headlines delivered to your inbox or smartphone, for free!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The fourth- and fifth-grade students at Country Day School participated in the recent Global Day of Play.
Inspired by the creativity of Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old who created a cardboard arcade — Caine's Arcade — in his father's California-based auto parts store, local students made and shared cardboard arcade games last week. The task was to create an arcade game that you could play and that was made out of at least 75 percent cardboard. The fourth- and fifth-graders at Country Day School worked for more than two weeks on their skee ball, putt-putt, fishing and other creative arcade games, said teacher Amy Piper. Like Caine, the students served as hosts of their games, sharing how they made them and yes, making sure all visitors tried their inventions. It was much harder than it looked to get balls and caps into the correct slot of the …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Country Day School students have now collected $7,250 from pledges to help Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Each year the children at Country Day School give back to the community through the annual Walk for Friends. This year the children and their families walked and ran for Southeastern Guide Dogs. The non-profit provides guide dogs for the sight-impaired. Southeastern Guide Dogs currently has about 600 active guide dogs, 200 puppies in training, and 100 dogs and puppies in the school kennels in Palmetto. For every $3,500 donated, the donor can name a guide dog in training. The school raised $7,250, which is enough to name two puppies! This includes $3,500 from one family. That puppy's name is now Lokey. The next task is a school-wide contest to name the remaining puppy!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Discover how one local mom's horse adventures with her daughter led to a barnyard of opportunities for school children.
Imagine walking a llama as a part of your school day? Children from Largo and the Pinellas Beaches get to care for and learn about farm animals as a part of the regular school day at the Country Day School in Largo. The Little Barn is part of the school's 9-acre campus on Vonn Road. Teacher and Barn Director Joan Poppleton has turned the barn, with its 21 animals, into an outdoor classroom. Her daughter Sara's love of horses led Poppleton to develop the hands-on lessons for children from preschool to middle school. Watch the video to see and hear more about The Little Barn. Want to come out to the barn? The Country Day School offers pony birthday parties, riding lessons, and summer camp opportunities.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A group of second and fourth graders held a lemonade and brownie sale to help fund childhood cancer research.
A simple online search led to a Valentine's Day fundraiser. Eight children in an after school book club at Country Day School checked the Internet for a recipe to make lemonade. In their research they came across the story of Alex's Lemonade Stand and they were inspired to hold their own lemonade stand fundraiser. The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation originated from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott. In 2000, the four-year-old decided she wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Although Alex passed away in 2004, the foundation with her name has evolved into a national movement to fund cancer research. "It was nice of her to help other people …