HUMANE EDUCATION & SERVICE LEARNING

Humane Education

Our humane education curriculum is designed to instill respect and responsibility for fellow humans, animals, plants, and the environment. By nurturing compassion for living things, we develop conscientious, actively contributing members of society. Everything on our planet is interconnected and it is through our stewardship that we are able to be a part of that pattern.

Humans not only rely on one another, but also non-human animals and our natural environment for resources, food, service, and companionship. In return, it is our responsibility to care for each other, as well as providing the animals in our care with quality food and forage, access to clean water, medical care, shelter, room to roam, and companionship. It is likewise imperative that we understand the importance of caring for our environment, so that the next generations can enjoy it.

In addition, our humane education program encompasses:

  • Organic gardening

  • Environmental science

  • Sustainable farming & animal care

  • Service learning

  • Character education

  • Peer mentoring

  • Classroom jobs & school economy

  • Social justice education

  • Healthy, high-performance campus with green buildings

  • Critical thinking & problem-solving

  • Constructive classroom management

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  • Clothing and hygienic products drive to support Catie's Closet

  • Canned food drives to support the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

  • Valentine cards for American troops with A Million Thanks

  • Earth Day/Week spirit events coordinated by high school students to educate and encourage younger student population about environmental causes

  • Student produced "Portraits of Courage" (interviews with and artistic portraits of local veterans)

  • Student-driven "shoe cutting" party to produce denim shoes for SoleHope, which provides shoes for Ugandan people suffering from jiggers

  • Fundraiser for and guest speaker event from Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community in Indian Himalayas

Service Learning

As part of our curriculum at 2nd Nature Academy, our school community participates in regular service learning projects. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich learning experiences, engage children in civic involvement, promote responsibility, and strengthen communities. We encourage families to continue these valuable discussions at home.

 

Over the course of a school year, family support is enlisted to assist us in preparing for these projects by purchasing items together with your child, donating to various charities, or contributing time to help coordinate and/or participating in service experiences. In order for the children to gain from these experiences, they must learn to recognize the community need and know the intended recipient of the service. Moreover, it is critical that they have active participation in service experiences and are provided time for meaningful reflection. Together, we can form truly meaningful experiences for your child and your family, our staff, and the community.

Each year, the student body guides decision making about causes, events, and learning goals. Examples of past and continuing service learning traditions include:

  • Bicycle Roll-a-Thon in support of Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center

  • Student-run hot dog sale with proceeds being used to select livestock donations to rural communities worldwide via Heifer International

  • Christmas gift drive for sponsored mothers and children at Marguerite's Place, Inc.

  • Water Walk to support Thank You Project's mission of building wells in rural Nigeria