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Student Activities at John Muir

Students and teacher planting flowers

We at John Muir feel that participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. Therefore, a wide range of activities is provided, which include the following:

Penny Harvest

Activity Coordinator – Ms. Shorr

As the largest youth philanthropy program in the country, Penny Harvest empowers students to take an active role in solving problems in their community. The democratically elected Muir Student Council Representatives. In the fall, these students leaders coordinate the school-wide coin collection; in winter they collect data to identify the top community concerns for Muir students; finally in spring, they make grants and plan service projects to help address the identified issues. For the fall 2010 Penny Harvest, Muir and 50 other schools in the Seattle area collected $51,450.25, all of which will be given to student-selected charities.

Muir Composters

Activity Coordinator – Mrs. McManus and Ms. Shorr

Students in grades 4 and 5 have the opportunity to volunteer in lunchroom during the 3 lunch periods to guide other students in placing compostable items in the proper bin and separating the compost from recyclable items and garbage. This activity is good for the environment and helps us save money!

Safety Patrol

Activity Coordinator – Mrs. McManus and Ms. Shorr

The Muir Elementary safety patrol is a group of 4th and 5th graders whose job it is to ensure you safely get across busy streets before and after school. They are trained to watch for a safety gap in traffic when they can cross pedestrians, but do not direct traffic. Each squad of crossing guards reports every morning and afternoon, before and after school, rain or shine, sleet or snow, for one week at a time. There are two rotating captains on each squad who are responsible for maintaining the gear and equipment and making sure all corners are covered. Training for next year’s crossing guards begins in late May. We are always looking for students who are able to be here before and after school (no bus riders, sorry!) and for any parents who might be willing to help monitor a busy intersection in the afternoon.

Global Reading Challenge

Activity Coordinator – Mr. Marsh

A program that was started by the Seattle Public Library. All of Muir’s 4th and 5th grade classrooms participate. We can have a total of 10 teams with seven students on each of them. Teams are determined by the classroom teachers. There are ten Global Reading Challenge books. Each team member reads as many of the ten books as they can and at the end of February, there is an in-school “quiz-bowl” type competition. The team that scores the most points advances to the next level. This level competition is held at the downtown library where the Muir team competes against nine other Seattle Public school teams. There are two more levels of competition. For more information about the challenge and the books the students are reading, please visit the Seattle Public Library site.