Hello everyone and Happy New Year,
The new quarterly publication of ‘From the Heart’ has been posted online and can be accessed at www.mooseheart.org. There are lots of photos of the kids and the events reported on in my November Gold Miner article. Please check it out.
The new year at Mooseheart has brought lots of cold weather and snow. Over 10 inches has dropped so far. The staff and the kids have been busy trying to dig the campus out before the next storm.
The kids are back from winter break and celebrated during the Martin Luther King weekend by opening all the gifts they received from the units of The Moose all around the USA and Canada.
Six new students were admitted to Mooseheart in January and are settling into their new homes. Eight new family teachers have also been added to the rolls and began their training on January 15th. They have a projected start time for assignment to their family homes in February. This is great news and means with the addition of new teachers more students will be admitted in the near future. Seven new student applications were reviewed and accepted in the January admissions meeting.
The Winter Sports Program at Mooseheart is going strong. Boys’ basketball and wrestling are in full swing. Coach Bryan Miller has brought girls bowling back to the campus. On November 27th, the girls competed in the first bowling match since 2004.
February brings the annual ‘Fitness in February’ competition. All the students participate in a month-long program in which they earn points for their participation in a variety of activities that keep them moving during the cold winter month. At the end of the month the students who accumulated the most points win prizes. The points are then used to get them time in the MAC Center.
The Seniors will be busy in February planning Valentine’s Day activities, and they are hosting a special Valentine’s fundraiser at the school. They are also in the final planning stages of the senior trip. This year in April the seniors will be visiting the Wisconsin Lodges and Chapters for their community service activities. 42% of the Mooseheart students are expected to have completed their mandatory 25 hours of community service by the end of February. Each student is required to meet this goal annually. By the end of February everyone at Mooseheart will be eagerly awaiting the onset of warmer weather so they can get back outside for their sports and activities.
If you know of a child that needs help or may qualify to go to Mooseheart please E-mail me.
Happy New Year from the staff and students at Mooseheart!