• Erin

As many of you know, Deep Creek Learning Center was severely damaged by the storm on August 4th. After putting the final touches on our lower level just 2 weeks before, we took in 4 ft of water washing away all of our hard work and preparation for the launch of our 2020-21 school year. Seeing more than one hundred of our books floating off our library shelf is hard to look at. Our refrigerator was floating and our balance beam from the back exercise room, ended up in the kitchen. Seeing the destruction of our physical building was difficult after coming to terms with the reality that 12 of our young children had to be paddled away on a rescue boat. I am so thankful that no one was hurt.

I came back to assess the damage the next day. The water was still there and just as high as the day before. A DCLC family member stopped by to check on the building and bring me a smoothie to cheer me up. We went downstairs to take a closer look at the overwhelming task in front of us. She suggested I wade through the water to pull out a few pieces of furniture. In hindsight, this was a gross suggestion because the water was clearly… not clear. As I got close to the furniture, I saw a floating giant homemade Jenga block the kids loved to play with. The set was donated by one of our families. On each block, there were handwritten fun gestures or questions to answer. Only 1 of the Jenga blocks floated away from the full set in the container. On this one stray block were the words, “Pretend you are swimming!”

PRETEND YOU ARE SWIMMING. Really? After a quick laugh and then a really ugly cry, it was time to pretend I was swimming. No, I didn’t literally swim in the disgusting stagnant water, but my perspective was. I had the choice to let the feeling of defeat stop me in my tracks or I could stay committed to my own Hero’s Journey.

At DCLC: An Acton Academy, we talk about being on our Hero’s Journey. I invite you to watch this short clip which explains it perfectly. We all start at our own status quo and experience challenges and feelings of getting knocked down, but getting up again and again. We end up back at the status quo, but not as the same person we were before. Sure, we could throw in the towel and say that we tried. That is not the way our story will end. Acton Academy families face struggles in front of them as a new challenge to overcome. That is our plan. Time to get to work. Details will be coming soon!

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We as parents, are juggling anxiety of the unknown as well as new schedules to incorporate the best learning opportunities for our children. While writing this, I hear Incredibles 2 in the background. "Being a parent is a heroic act." While this line was lost on the ears of children, it stuck out to me. That line carries a lot of height and meaning in our current climate.

As we navigate how to "do school" in a way that works for all of our families, sometimes it is a relief to check in with other programs that are doing it well. Check out the link below from a fellow Acton Academy owner and heroic parent.

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  • Erin

It goes without saying that we are living in challenging times. We will most likely reference the virus as a place holder in our lives; how things were before and how things were after. Many of us are spending unexpected valuable time with our families while others in the health field or other essential workers may be missing their loved ones dearly while working mandatory long shifts 7 days a week. One thing we all share is a shift in perspective and reevaluation of what is really important in our lives.

Many parents fear what the shutdown of the public school system means for their children today and for months to come. Do we homeschool? Is summer vacation gone? Will my children have to repeat this grade? Will my child be behind if he/she moves on? There is anxiety and frustration from teachers and administration trying to pivot in their traditional educational strategies.

Being a part of the Acton Academy network has been inspiring in these times of uncertainty. Learners all over the world are continuing their independent core skills and discovering new ways to collaborate with their peers through the use of technology. We value being tough minded when we face challenges and use real world problem solving skills. It doesn’t get more “real world” than this. Our learners are facing challenges head on and discovering new ways to solve unforeseen problems. We aren’t just treading the educational waters, we are swimming full speed ahead.

Right now, many of our learners are creating Living History journals and research as a way to document their own reality with the Corona Virus. This pandemic has not slowed us down but has inspired us to keep forging ahead. We are a growing community of learners that have a passion to change the world by seeking answers to questions that have yet to be asked!

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