Ambassadors Give Thanks at Chamber Luncheon
As the calendar year comes to an end, many of us start to reflect. Have we met our goals, read that book, taken that vacation?
Our 2018-2019 Student Ambassadors were able to recently reflect and even share with the community at the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce's November luncheon. Our students chose to share why they are thankful for Oakhill and the experiences they have had in their time as a Panther.
Emma Dake, 8th grader, was able to share why she is thankful for Oakhill and the education she has received:
I am thankful for Oakhill because of the family you are immersed in every day. I always feel loved at Oakhill and never feel ashamed to be myself. I am thankful for the education I have received. I love Oakhill so much and our school is proud to be recognized year after year for its award winning education. I also love how many kids are "lifers", people who have been here since kindergarten. I am proud that I am a Lifer at Oakhill Day School attending since I was a toddler. I am thankful for all of these things.
8th grader Griffin Gregg shared why he feels Oakhill has made him prepared for high school and beyond:
Oakhill has prepared me for high school by doing multiple things for me.
First, they have taught me how to manage my time and my schoolwork, a very important life skill. They taught me this with the specific due dates for all my different assignments.
Second, they have taught me how to be a good person with life skills that have shown me how to behave in society. They've taught us this with the Life Skill Awards at our school-wide meetings.
And lastly, I think most importantly, they have taught me to love learning. And with that, I will continue my life always trying to find a new fact or a new way to do something.
Tatum Smith, who is in 7th grade, told to members why she is thankful that Oakhill is in this community and the things we do together:
I am thankful that Oakhill is in Gladstone because it gives students opportunities that only a small community can give. Gladstone gives Oakhill places to go both academically and athletically. Oakhill and Gladstone do things together that some schools could only dream of doing with their community. Some of these are open houses, luncheons, Gladfest, Mayors Christmas Tree and don't forget the amazing choir performances. Gladstone also helps Oakhill partake in organizations like Northland Christmas Store and Miles of Smiles. So during this season of giving, I plus the entire student and teacher body, are thankful for YOU, our community.
7th grader Jonas Beckham closed out the Ambassadors time by sharing why he thinks community members should come and learn more about Oakhill:
Oakhill is a great place to learn. Our small teacher to student ratio ensures that each of our students can learn at their own pace. This also means that students build strong relationships with other students and teachers alike. Our athletics program include five sports, so there's something for everyone. Combined with the plentiful amount of before and after-school classes and clubs, students can pursue any interest they may have. There are so many opportunities for students to be the best version of themselves with a strong foundation both academically and socially. A prime example of everything I've talked about and more, are tours. We offer private and group tours so that you can come and see Oakhill in action!
Jonas was able to then introduce to those gathered one of those opportunities that Oakhill students receive, our After School Choir programs, who then finished out lunch with wonderful entertainment.
Listening to these four students who are a representation of our overall student body share, was a wonderful way to start the holiday season. The Oakhill staff and administration are thankful for each of you, OUR Oakhill family, for sharing with us your children as they travel on their education journey.
We are looking forward to an amazing 2019!