Easter Fun at Haverty Hollow

Little ones and older children enjoyed making bunnymobiles as a special holiday activity during Easter Week 2017.

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Imaginative Sandbox Play

The sandbox on Haverty Hollow’s upper playground can be transformative.  During free play, the preschoolers often use the shallow pans, plastic food containers and aluminum sieves to pretend-bake cakes or construct complete meals for their fellow “family” members. At activity time, Mr. John demonstrates some of the science behind volcanic action. The children mound the sand, Mr. John mixes the eruption elixir, and the next thing you know, pseudo-lava is bubbling up and over from the mouth of the volcano. Later on in the day, the After School children exercise their imagination by creating intricate forms of tunnels and underground passages. Everyone makes the sandbox their own during a typical day at Haverty Hollow.

Mr. John mixes the magic potion that will erupt the volcano the children have helped construct in the sandbox.

Mr. John mixes the magic potion that will erupt the volcano the children have helped construct in the sandbox.

After School children show off their tunnel-building skills during free play.

After School children show off their tunnel-building skills during free play.

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Defenders of Wildlife Thanks HH Friendship Club

Each school year at Haverty Hollow, children in our After School Enrichment Program join in Friendship Club activities. Grouped by age, the children are engaged in activities designed to promote mutual understanding and respect and build a positive regard for one another and their wider community.

Towards the end of the school year, each Club agrees by voice vote on an activity they believe will serve a larger purpose.

Miss Lisa’s Club, made up of our Spring Quarter third, fourth and fifth graders, planned to donate money raised from a car wash at Haverty Hollow to the Defenders of Wildlife. Check out their Facebook posting of the Club’s letters accompanying their donation to the group. The FC members were able to give more than $100 to the organization that helps animals stay in their wild environments.

Ms. Lisa's Friendship Club third, fourth and fifth graders raise money to support the Defenders of Wildlife by giving arriving parents' cars a good wash and rinse on April 20.

Ms. Lisa’s Friendship Club third, fourth and fifth graders raise money to support the Defenders of Wildlife by giving arriving parents’ cars a good wash and rinse on April 20. The Friendship Club raised more than $100 to support the wildlife defense group.

Harrison Leusink and Zara Jenkins display one of the many posters Miss Lisa’s group composed to advertise the Car Wash, 3:30 – 6pm, April 20.

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Remembering Hissy

Fifteen years ago, a stray cat gave us the wonderful gift of baby kittens at Haverty Hollow. The smallest one was the feistiest one, and we named her Hissy. For fifteen years she has brought pleasure and smiles to all of the children who have known her, during the school year and during Frog Hollow Camp. A few weeks ago she became ill. We all hoped she would get better, but unfortunately, she did not make it. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl kitty. She will be missed so much, but will live on in our fond memories. We called her our kitty, but probably she thought of all of us as her humans. But the love between us all was strong! Remembering with love, Lisa Haverty

Fifteen years ago, a stray cat gave us the wonderful gift of baby kittens at Haverty Hollow. The smallest one was the feistiest one, and we named her Hissy. For fifteen years she has brought pleasure and smiles to all of the children who have known her, during the school year and during Frog Hollow Camp. A few weeks ago she became ill. We all hoped she would get better, but unfortunately, she did not make it. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl kitty. She will be missed so much, but will live on in our fond memories. We called her our kitty, but probably she thought of all of us as her humans. But the love between us all was strong!
Remembering with love,
Lisa Haverty
Photo courtesy Denise Aldridge

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Nature Hut Spring Cleaning

Mr. John and Miss Molly joined the forces of our first- and second-grade Friendship Club members this Spring to repair and renovate Haverty Hollow’s Nature Hut. It’s used as a gathering place for our celebrated nature walks and science activities. Mr. John reports lots of cooperation, as “the children have really enjoyed working together” to clear the area around the Hut and line the path to it with stones. Mr. John cut and spliced bamboo the children helped install as new walls for the Hut. (Photo courtesy Denise Aldridge.)

Working on the Nature Hut.

Working on the Nature Hut.

 

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Popcorn for Pets!

The Friendship Club made up of Pre-K, K and First Graders sold enough  bags of 50-cent popcorn April 27 to raise XX dollars for the Atlanta Humane Society.

The Friendship Club made up of Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Graders sold enough bags of 50-cent popcorn April 27 to raise about 40 dollars to donate to the Atlanta Humane Society. Thank you, parents and visitors!

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It’s Springtime at Haverty Hollow!

The lower field is bathed in yellow this time of year. You can see it on your left as you drive in to Haverty Hollow.  Enjoy!

The lower field is bathed in yellow this time of year. You can see it as you look left on your drive onto the Haverty Hollow property. Enjoy!

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Haverty Hollow and The Ben Marion Institute

Once again, Haverty Hollow committed to donating 10% of its proceeds from Drop In care on January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that he did.  This year, we had some 50 students with us for Drop In or extra hours which allowed us to donate $240.00 to the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice.  For more information on The Institute and their work, please visit their website at: http://www.benmarioninstitute.org .

Ben Marion logo

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Preschool playgroups available mornings and afternoons at Haverty Hollow

Haverty Hollow offers morning and afternoon playgroups for the younger set. Ages 3 – 5 will enjoy their choice of activity, from sand play to building play to organized outside and inside games plus free play in our playroom or outside on the multi-level playground.

If you’re interested in an afternoon program, you can sign up for pickup in the Haverty Hollow van from various area preschools.

Morning playgroups are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when we open at 9:15 a.m.

Afternoon Playgroups are available from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please see our registration form for prices.

If you’ve never visited us, please call or stop by to see our original log cabin building situated on four acres of playground, a portion of Nancy Creek and walking trails, just off Northside Parkway and north of West Paces Ferry Road. Please check the Map/Directions page to plan your trip.

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Welcome Coco to Our Nature Porch

All the animal lovers at Haverty Hollow are excited to welcome our newest addition to the nature porch! Coco is a female chinchilla, about 7 years old, given to us by a former Haverty Hollow participant who fell in love with our other chinchilla, Chichi, years ago, and talked her parents into getting her one of her own. Now Coco needs more attention than the busy owner has been able to provide, and we are happy to take over that job! Coco is very friendly and looks forward to meeting the other animal lovers out there!Touwsmas and Coco

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