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Molalla River Academy held its annual Roots of Responsibility Day involving learning stations and service projects

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Students at MRA work to remove gravel from a common area to prepare for a stone patio to be placed.

Students at Molalla River Academy celebrated the school's annual Roots of Responsibility Day on Friday, Oct. 18, when they broke outside the doors of the buildings for some fun, teaching, learning and grounds work.

"By the end of the day, each MRA member will know that our garden is the heart of the school," said Iva Quinlan, the school's library director and garden coordinator, "one that helps us become independent and confident life-long learners and one that can and will impact our greater community of Molalla."

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Molalla River Academy Alder student Olivia (center) helps pour apples into the cider press as she explains the process to younger students on Friday, Oct. 18.

Throughout the day, the Alder students, that is the fifth- and sixth-graders, led five different stations, teaching the younger students through hands-on projects about topics like native flowers, ancient grains and apple cider pressing.

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade also participated in a number of service projects around the campus.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Molalla River Academy student Saphrin paints a flower onto a fence post during Roots Day Oct. 18.

On one corner of the grounds, students gathered at tables to paint colorful flowers onto white picket fence posts using stencils. Then, adults and seventh- and eighth-grade students installed the fencing around a playhouse.

"All of us are working together to help create stuff for our playground and the kids in fifth and sixth grade get a chance to try and teach the younger kids," said Laura, an Alder student who was helping younger students paint. Earlier in the day, Laura had helped take out a bean teepee and level out hazelnut shells.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Adults and older students install the fence posts around a playhouse on Molalla River Academy's grounds Oct. 18.

With fun had by all and the school grounds looking a little better than before, the day ended with a school-wide gathering around a campfire.


Kristen Wohlers
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