Gwen Shupe, 82, a ceramics teacher at Scattergood for one year in the '50s, called the school on January 1 to say a friend wanted to begin a scholarship in her honor. Two and a half months, many phone calls and e-mails later, the Gwen Shupe Scholarship Fund has been established! With initial donations of $25,000 from Gwen's friends, it is hoped the fund will grow to $120,000 in the next five years so that a tuition assistance award of $5,000 per year may be offered to Scattergood students in perpetuity.
A team of students from Scattergood Friends School entered the Code Day Iowa competition in Cedar Rapids on February 15. The competition is a 24-hour marathon during which students learn how to code and work as a team to develop an app or a game. Many had no prior coding experience but were excited to tackle the challenge.
About 50 area students participated in the event, which began at noon on Saturday and concluded Sunday with a presentation of to judges. Scattergood's team members were awarded Best Game for their creation, Lights Out, a non-violent game in which the player avoids a series of obstacles to complete a mission.
Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary film about gender, stereotypes and its effects on women and men, girls and boys in the United States, will be screened at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at the Englert Theater in Iowa City, with proceeds benefiting Scattergood Friends School.
Scattergood Friends School was recently awarded the Education Agency of the Year Award by the Chinese Association of Iowa for its international student program. "When students from China look back, they will treasure their experience at Scattergood," said Hilda Wolle, Vice President Chinese Association of Iowa. Wolle and President Swallow Xiaozhe Yan presented the award to Scattergood at its Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Ceremony and Chinese New Year Celebrations on February 1 in Des Moines.
Scattergood Friends School has been a learning community and home to thousands of people since 1890. We have cultivated programs intended to nurture the mind, body and spirit and have helped students, staff and families imagine living a life which joins “soul and role,” to quote Parker Palmer. But you already know about this work—and you have chosen to support the school through its Annual Giving efforts. We thank you!
By supporting the Annual Fund, you have joined many others in providing crucial financial aid for more than 67% of our students and families. You make Scattergood more than a school, and more like a fertile ground where we may grow our food and our selves. We are grateful through our partnership with you to be able to prepare our students for a hope-filled future. I hope you will join me, our School Committee, staff and friends, in honoring and expanding Scattergood’s important contribution to future generations for 2014 and beyond.
Mark Quee remembers many times harvesting vegetables in 40-degree drizzles. The Scattergood farm manager said that when weathermen predict a freeze threat, he has no choice but to get out in the field or the crops could be lost. But in order to get a bigger window of time harvesting crops, Scattergood Friends School is investing in a new packing shed complete with a cooler, which will also make work easier for Quee.