MOOSEHEART – With new backpacks full of supplies, Mooseheart’s elementary, middle school and high school students began the 2018-19 school year.
More than 40 new students are on the residential campus, fulfilling Mooseheart’s role as a school that offers an education and a home for children in need, a news release stated.
“There’s a lot of energy with our new students and this is a chance for us to get to meet them and show them what we’re about and to get to know them; we want them to feel they belong here, and school helps,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler stated in the release.
As school opened in mid-August, Mooseheart has 173 students – 94 boys and 79 girls. Of those, 43 are in elementary grades, 41 in middle school and 89 in high school, including the 19 members of the class of 2019, Mooseheart’s 101st graduating class. There are also 10 current students who were admitted in the first decade of the century.
“We have some students who have been here since they lived in Baby Village," Urwiler said. "When you realize that we’re taking them from being young boys and girls to being young men and women, it brings a smile to your face.”
For many years, Mooseheart has celebrated the start of a new school year with a Back to School Bash the evening before classes open. The Geneva office of publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt continued a long-standing partnership by providing backpacks and school supplies for Mooseheart’s elementary and middle school students. Vicky and Aaron Loucks from Shorewood provided backpacks and supplies for Mooseheart’s high school students. Dinner was provided by Canteen Vending.