Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mixing Work & Play - Botanical Gardens

H.A.S.S. students learning the term "endemic"

Our students experienced their second field trip in Birmingham yesterday when H.A.S.S. traveled to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a non-profit organization, invited the students to its facilities for the purpose of volunteering in the maintenance of the gardens. The students had a fabulous time working in the gardens, truly living and demonstrating our core principle of “community.” The field trip was concluded by an enjoyable packed lunch in the shade of the gardens.

Diamond getting her hands dirty during our trip to the Botanical Gardens

Upon returning to Indian Springs, the students relaxed on their day without classes by swimming and canoeing on the campus’ lake. For many of our students, this outing was their first time canoeing; needless to say, the students were ecstatic about their afternoon.

H.A.S.S. students enjoying the afternoon out on the lake at Indian Springs

As for H.A.S.S. staff, our proudest moment came at 6:30 p.m. when everyone returned to the dorms. Despite the students not having class in the morning, every individual was still completely focused on our purpose: getting our students to the next level. As soon as the students returned from dinner they hit the books – reading either The Watson Go to Birmingham or The Giver, working on their Algebra I homework, or writing their three page paper for Grammar Boot Camp. The students worked from 6:30-10:00 p.m. without distraction or pause. Some of the students capped the night off by dancing while playing Michael Jackson: The Experience on the Wii. These students proved that they are capable of balancing academics and extracurricular activities with ease. This summer is turning into an unforgettable experience for both the students and staff.


  1. I am a H.A.S.S student. Yesterday we went to the garden, and we learn so much. We learned about plants and how to plant them. After that, we went to the lake at Idian Springs. We went canoeing and swimming. When we went got on the canoeing, and we almost hit a tree. We got out of the canoe and went swimming. We played Marco Polo. After that we went to the dorm and started working. After EVeryone was finished we played the Wii. We had fun and We will have more fun in the furture. IT'S NOT OVER YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. We really enjoyed each others company. Yesterday was the start of something great!!!!