In April, the students in grades 2 to 4 at Riverview Christian Academy (RCA) in Reno, Nevada, participated in a Learning Fair. Preparations for this exceptional evening began many months before.
The students have been studying the United States. Early in the year, each student chose a different state to represent and research. The students began formulating outlines for reports that went through various stages of editing. The students then became the illustrators of their reports, which were finally “published.” Of the assignment, fourth-grader Dallan Lista said, “We wrote reports about states that we chose. We got books from Mrs. Beddoe to help us with our research.”
On the night of the Learning Fair, students wore costumes they had chosen to represent their selected state. They had written a paragraph explaining the meaning of their attire and placed it on a display board, along with numerous facts about the state chosen. According to Tomasi Valele, third-grade student, “The Learning Fair was so fun! The state I represented was Alaska. The part I liked about Alaska was the state animal, the moose.”
Those who attended the event enjoyed hearing the oral presentations that the students read from the stage. This was followed by an opportunity to speak with the students individually in the lobby, where the reports, display boards, and artifacts were set up on tables. Parent Krysta Wyman was impressed: “Not only were their presentations well thought out and researched, but perhaps more importantly, the students were able to present with confidence, enthusiasm, and pride, which speaks volumes of the growth, support, and nurturing ways here at RCA.” Carlos Camacho, parent and NUC Executive Secretary, said, “The students took us on a nationwide tour and showed us the beauty of almost every state of this great nation. The displays were very informative, and the kids were so proud to share their hard work. Mrs. Beddoe finds ways to incorporate the discipline of learning and researching in very fun ways, allowing the children to showcase their hard work to their peers and parents.”
In addition to the costumes, display boards, reports, and presentations, student watercolor artwork was also on display on easels for the guests to admire.
Although space was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was well attended.
Those who were unable to be there were able to watch a livestream on the Riverview Christian Academy YouTube channel. If you missed it, the event is still available for viewing. Carol Veitenheimer, grandmother of a student, exclaimed, “It was a fabulous program! We loved seeing the work and personalities of these sweet kids!”
Now is the time to enroll your children for the 2021-22 school year in the Adventist school nearest you so they can enjoy the benefits of a Christian education in a loving environment.
By Mariann Beddoe