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Operation Christmas Child
Midland students in grades K-8 gathered gift items again this year to fill boxes for needy children, and turned in all of their material on Friday, November 15. A total of 27 boxes were filled as a result, and will be turned in during National Collection Week, November 18-25.
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. Individuals, families and groups fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Samaritan’s Purse, the sponsor of the project will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 3,500 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
A new tradition began for Midland Adventist Academy seniors this past weekend. The purpose of senior survival is to provide an experience during which seniors may bond with classmates and staff, learn invaluable teamwork skills by experience, and deepen their spiritual walk.
Senior survival is camping in a primitive setting while working together to learn components of team survival, wilderness survival, and spiritual survival.These components blended together build the skills needed for positive school leadership. Further details restricted on a need-to-know basis...but everyone did return safely on Tuesday! Some photos here.
A huge thank you goes out as well to the following adults who helped make this possible: Mr. Tyler Anderson, Pastor Seth Clark, Mrs. Bambi Courtad, Mr. Mark Courtad, Pastor Tim Floyd, Mr. Travis Finnegan, Mrs. Angie Helmer, Mr. Walde Janke, Mr. Randy Bovee, and Mrs. Jodi Varndell.
Jazz Poetry Jams is a monthly spoken word poetry event that happens every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Blue Room in the 18th and Vine jazz district of KCMO. Midland's music director Steven Hutchison performs there regularly during their open mic competition.
The month of October marked the 10th anniversary of the Jams, so the American Jazz Museum linked the event with its changing gallery exhibit "American Sabor," which highlights the accomplishments of Latino Americans in the history of jazz.
Over 20 poets performed for the open mic competition and Mr. Hutchison was not only selected by judge and audience vote as the 1st place winner, but received an additional award of $1000! Mr. Hutchison said, "It was very humbling as I was competing against some of my favorite poets in Kansas City."