Welcome Our New Administrative Assistant/Registrar

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to The Island School’s newest staff member, Kristen Brelsford. Kristen is our new Administrative Assistant and Registrar. She brings many years of experience working in various administrative capacities within the public school system. She has a degree in Business Administration and has pursued additional coursework in business and technology. Kristen serves as the Bainbridge High School Band Boosters President. We feel fortunate to welcome her to The Island School.

Second Graders Turn Cookies into Housewares for Guatemalan Family

What can a bunch of second graders do to help an impoverished family in Guatemala? Inspired by one of their own, students from The Island School decided to make and sell cookies. The second grade class combined their interest in birds and bird nests with their desire to help others and came up with the idea to make bird nest cookies and donate the proceeds to MayanFamilies.org.

DSC_0908In February, three inspiring young men who spent time in Guatemala living on one dollar a day visited The Island School. Chris Temple, Zack Ingrasci and Sean Leonard made a film about their experience and continue to raise funds for microfinance loans for Guatemalan families. Second grader Carlos also inspired his classmates by making and selling candy and donating the proceeds to one of the families the young men had met. By May, the whole class was ready to pitch in.

Order forms for bird nest cookies went home in everyone’s backpacks. Students posted colorful flyers in the school and created “talking points” for presenting to other classrooms. A cookie assembly line formed in the school kitchen, and students made personal deliveries to every student, teacher and family customer the next day.

When the class reported they had sold enough cookies to raise $406, a family offered to match their efforts. The class contributed $812 to MayanFamilies.org. As a result of the children’s hard work, a Mayan family received a stove, a bed, a table, nine egg-laying chickens, a washbasin, a machete, a rake and a shovel.

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