Ironwood Maine Web Update

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

It has been a winter wonderland here on Frye Mountain as of late. 3 snowy storms in nearly as many days have blanketed our landscape with plenty of opportunity for seasonal activities. Students and staff alike have been all smiles as they navigate extra chores to winterize the campus on their way to new and exciting activities. As our old friend Dr. Seuss reminds us above, life really is what you make of it.

Life for our heard of horses is still something to be sought after. Our Barn Manager is ever present with her ability to teach our students how to care for the animals. Recently a seasonal blanketing protocol as well as barn expectations have just been released explaining exactly how care for the animals in the event of low temperatures or inclement weather. The horses don’t seem to mind the cool weather much, but maybe its because their oats are toasted in warm water.

In between groups, school, and chores this week, students had several chances to test their arm accuracy with snowball fights and a makeshift “target range” It is a wonder how quick a day can turn around with a 5-minute bought of epic snow ball wars. Speaking of the season, Students took a walk into the woods to find the perfect tree spruce tree to decorate their side of campus. Word around school is that the most fantastically decorated tree will warrant a few merits.

If you had happened to walk into the farmhouse garage this Wednesday, you might have been taken aback. Eyeless white faces in robes of plastic creepily milling about would have welcomed you. After a timid inquiry, I learned that the students were making paper mâché face mask that will harden, dry, and ultimately be painted at a later art class. Other students this week spent some time in a group focused on community service preparing natural wreaths. The students took time to gather materials and begin constructing the Christmas decorations which will end up being given to the local co-op for sale and distribution.

Regardless of the season or agenda for the day, there will always be an opportunity for us to complain and wither in uncomfortableness. It is so good to see that given encouragement and opportunity; our students are making the choice to appreciate the moments they have.