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Sixth graders from The Fulton School help residents at Gambrill Gardens make Valentine wreaths. [TFS photo]

The Fulton School at St. Albans is partnering with Gambrill Gardens to create meaningful opportunities for its residents. The school’s preschool through sixth grade classes will visit residents at Gambrill Gardens at regular intervals and participate in craft or recreational activities. The seventh through 12th graders will help residents with technology and building garden beds. 

“Our vision is that as students focus on the lives of others,” said Head of School Kara Douglass, “they will develop healthier perspective on their own lives; as they build relationships with others in a different stage of life, they will understand their own stage of life; and as they give to others in meaningful ways, they will experience the joy of giving and begin to seek those experiences themselves.”

Additionally, upon hearing reports that up to a billion animals have been killed either directly or indirectly by the fires in Australia, Lower School art teacher Kristen Kruger implemented a way to help some of the animals that survived. 

With her guidance, the students sewed protective cloth pouches for young kangaroos, wallabies, sugar gliders, and other marsupials that may have been orphaned or displaced that rescue volunteers can use to help the animals recover.

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