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These annual Voyager traditions are the best opportunities for families to experience the community of learners in its greatest number of participants. Parents, siblings, and grandparents often join in these special annual traditions that occur in the classroom environment and the Grand Haven community.

Singing at Christian Haven Home
Voyager students continue to learn social responsibility through community service as they go to Christian Haven Retirement Home and sing for their friends.

Stone Soup
Reading a book and then discussing it helps a student comprehend the story and make text to self connections. Living it is the idea behind the Stone Soup classroom event. Each child, like the reluctant villagers, brings something to contribute to the pot of stone soup. Carrots and potatoes are chopped with the help of parent volunteers as other students take turns reading Stone Soup to the Voyager community. Parent helpers, siblings, teachers and students gather to enjoy the wonderful soup they have made together as their Thanksgiving celebration.

Learning Celebrations
This parent - teacher - student conference provides your child with the opportunity to share his or her accomplishments, challenges, and future goals. Parents are invited to walk around and experience the different learning centers in the classrooms with their child.

Around the World Celebration
The open classroom model of learning is used to celebrate holidays around the world as students check their passports at each classroom and celebrate the diversity of different countries. Students tour in multi-age groups, and experience countries in a hands on manner after having been introduced to these foreign lands earlier in the month by their teachers.

Friendship Day
Students learn that the beginning of friendship is giving of oneself as they sing for the residents of Christian Haven Retirement Home and present warm fuzzies that they have made in class. After the students have shared this community service they return to the school, deliver handmade cards to handmade mail boxes and share a treat.

Leprechaun Traps
After learning about engineering and construction, students create their own crazy contraption leprechaun traps. Milk jugs, cereal boxes, and egg cartons are just a few of the unusual materials required to catch a leprechaun. Wanted posters fill the halls revealing the little people "at large". The morning of the 18th the students return to school with great anticipation to see if their traps have caught any leprechauns.

Voyager Plays - Simply Joy - Where the Spotlight Ends - Seuss on the Loose - Courting the New World - Zeus Rules Olympus - Macbeth - HMS Pinafore - School House Rock Live 
Every year the Voyager students have the opportunity to experience the many facets of a top notch theater production. Timing, staging, projecting, acting, and singing are a few of the skills utilized in this academic experience that pulls together a year's exposure to the arts.

Camp Pendalouan
The Voyager School travels YMCA Camp Pendalouan to participate in activities which teach respect, responsibility, honesty, and caring. Opportunities for fun, adventure, learning and developing a deeper appreciation for the environment all make Camp Pendalouan a favorite Voyager Tradition. All students (including Youngers) participate in a full day of activities, and our graduating Voyagers enjoy a sleepover and second day at camp. www.pendalouan.org

Year End Celebration
The entire Voyager community celebrates a year of learning with food, song, dance, chat and laughter in the Ferry School gym. Voyager graduates are presented with their Voyager portfolios, Extra-Extra videos, and a special Voyager journal.

Letter People Play
The youngers present a play featuring the "letter people" they have met throughout the year. Each child presents a letter and sings with their classmates in their first Voyager theater experience.


Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Voyager School
1050 Pennoyer
Grand Haven MI, 49417
616 850 5300