Learn about Urban Oak School at January open house
Urban Oak School third-graders celebrated the autumn harvest by honoring the Jewish festival of Sukkot. They created a sukkah to collect food, and Jean Miller, a Cleveland Heights resident and Waldorf home-schooler, shared with the children the story and meaning of Sukkot.
Together they blessed the sukkah, preparing it to receive donations from the Urban Oak community.
Felicia Campbell and her third-grade class delivered 168 pounds of food to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The class visited Eddy's Fruit Farm to pick apples, and a local beekeeper to learn about bees and honey.
The children continued their harvest celebrations by preparing a dinner for family and friends on Nov. 19. The harvest dinner began with a presentation of their main lesson books—a collection of the children's artistic expression of their lessons—followed by a selection of seasonal songs, verses, and the flute piece "My Paddle." The harvest dinner featured a main course of homemade bread, served with freshly made butter, and vegetable soup; dessert was a warm apple cake.
For more information about Urban Oak School (www.urbanoakschool.org), visit its open house on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2–4 p.m., to experience bread-making, view the students’ lesson books and tour the classrooms.
Cleveland Heights resident Andrea Rheaume is a parent volunteer for Urban Oak School.