My time as your interim is an opportunity for HUUC to shake things up a bit. When I begin this position January 1, my first focus will be on children and youth programming for the remainder of the RE year. Should it remain as it was in fall? Or should we try something completely different? What might different look like?
One of our options is to offer HUUC the opportunity to join current Blacksburg programming, held online and already staffed with background-checked experienced teachers. Blacksburg’s virtual RE program is thriving, with strong weekly attendance and a synchronous homeschool option.
Here are Blacksburg’s online classes:
PreK: Sunday Funday
A fun storybook, silly songs, coloring sheets, activity pages and a simple craft for our youngest friends. Held Sundays from 9:00-9:20 a.m., with a homeschool option.
Grades K-5: CARTUUNS
The animated shorts of Pixar and Disney are used as a way to explore Unitarian Universalist values. We watch and discuss a short together as a class, then do activities on our own. Held Sundays from 9:30-10:00 a.m., with a homeschool option.
Grades 6-8: D’Oh, God! and MSYG
Middle schoolers alternate weekly between RE classes with D’Oh, God!, watching an episode of “The Simpsons” and discussing a religious topic; and Middle School Youth Group, our social arm of middle school RE, with games and fun activities. Meets Sundays from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Grades 9-12: YRUU
Our high school youth group, with content decided by high school youth. Our virtual meetings have a large emphasis on game playing and other social activities. Meets Sundays from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Are these programs a good fit for HUUC? I will be sending out a survey the first week of January to parents to get your input. From the survey results, we’ll craft our winter/spring Children and Youth program.
Stay tuned . . .