Cranberry Isles: Students learn cooperation and collaboration

Last Saturday’s gale winds with driving rain tossed moored boats and floats alike, but sunshine took over Sunday, creating a perfect day for leaf looking and end-of-the-season sailing. The Cranberry Isles are bursting with color, houses are decorated for Halloween and chilly nights mean wood smoke tinged breezes. 

Cindy Thomas provided a list of some of the new fall books at the Islesford Neighborhood House Library. New titles include The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett, Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant and Four by Veronica Roth, The Weight of Ink by Rachel KadishThe Institute by Stephen King, The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett28 Summers by Elin HilderbrandSummer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern, “Rage” by Bob Woodward, “Acceleration Hours” by Jesse Goolsby and “1st Case” by James PattersonIt sounds as though Islesford will have great reads for the season.  

People driving by Ashley Bryan School may have noticed a large pole construction on the grounds. Students are building a tipi, based upon information from studying the designs, meanings and methods plains dwellers used to create their lodgings. The design forms an excellent shelter against the wind.  

Ed Tech Gail Grandgent said, “Because we are going to try to be spending as much school time outdoors this year as we are able, we have been looking at shelters, especially of Indigenous peoples of the continent.” She described the tipi endeavor as a great way to build cooperation and collaboration while enabling students to practice following directions from experts. Luckily, for the project, Lauren Gray shared access to timber for poles and old sails for the covering. Students at Longfellow on Great Cranberry have the loan of a commercially sold tipi and are assembling one there, as well. Kudos to students, staff and parents who support such powerful learning opportunities for island schools.  

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the winner was drawn for the Cranberry House’s season-long raffle of a beautiful lap quilt made by Mary Corley. Congratulations to winner Sandra Adams of Stockton Springs. Huge thanks to Mary for donating the quilt. And thank you to everyone who bought tickets, amounting to $230 in sales.  

Happy birthday on Oct. 22 to Bob PyleRosalie Kell and young Bonnie Anne Fernald. On Oct. 25, happy birthday to Chris White and Madeline Avery. Happy birthday to Finn McGuiness on Oct. 26. Happy birthday on Oct. 28 to Ezra Bunker and Russell Wedge.  

“Be excellent to each other.” – “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at [email protected].  


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