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Archive for August 2019

Richard Shue, ‘69 Named Lifetime Service Award Recipient

“I give because of all that’s been given to me,” says Richard Shue ‘69, of Sarasota, Florida, this year’s Lifetime Service Award recipient for Eastern Mennonite School. Skilled with his hands and in relating to people of all backgrounds, Richard — often joined by his wife Jolene — has used his gifts in the local…

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“Sabbath” is Theme for Academic Year

How do we make time for rest and renewal when our world draws us into busy-ness of mind and body? This is a question that Eastern Mennonite School students, faculty and staff will explore throughout the academic year 2019-20. “Our high school students are dealing with a ton of pressure,” says Justin King, high school…

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School Day Out 2019 in Images

We begin each school year by taking the first Friday to build community by playing, eating and relaxing together. The time allows for laugher and fun and building new friendships, setting a tone for our year together. Since the 1950s, at least, the entire high school has spent the day at Highland Retreat in Bergton,…

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New EMES Playground Uses Natural and Reclaimed Materials

A new playground at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School incorporates natural and reclaimed materials to create space for outdoor imaginary play and learning. Kendal Bauman and a host of volunteers — alumni, parents and high school students — developed the space over the summer to welcome the 95 EMS students at the beginning of the school…

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EMS Starts Year with Increased Enrollment

Eastern Mennonite School will welcome 354 students this fall, up 11 students K-12 from the previous year with 94 students in K-5, 100 students in middle school and 160 in high school. “We are thrilled with the high energy and growing diversity of our student body, faculty and staff,” says Paul Leaman, head of school.…

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Choir Alumni Make Music for Romania for Second Time

For the second time, Touring Choir alumni gathered over the summer and presented a benefit concert to support the work of former choir director Jay, and his wife, Sheri Hartzler, for their work in Romania. More than 30 people sang in the program on August 11 at Park View Mennonite Church. The event was a…

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Everett Brubaker ’10 Takes New Post with Housing Authority

Everett Brubaker ’10 was named new Resident Services and Communications Coordinator at Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority in July. In the role, Brubaker will improve communication between HRHA and the community, and assist with services and events for residents. Previously, Brubaker worked as the University of Virginia’s Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator. See an article he…

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Bridge Funded to Join Two Buildings for One Campus

Nearly 400 bricks have been purchased to raise over $50,000 for a bridge connecting the two buildings on Eastern Mennonite School campus. The bridge is needed between the newly renovated elementary building and existing middle and high school, or “upper” building, at 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg. Parents of elementary students helped to launch the effort…

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