By Mark Moran, Class of 2007
Why is Project-Based Learning central to a Jesse Remington High School (JRHS) education? The answer is revealed by the lives of our alumni who are living the ideals instilled here, and who have been forged into well-rounded leaders through and after their time at our school. This summer Jesse Remington High School partnered with JRHS Alumna Emily Shattuck (Class of 2004) and Dreamers’ Ranch of Windham NH, the site of a previous year’s mission trip to complete projects on the farm. Emily is a co-founder and Program Director of Dreamers’ Ranch. This summer the coalition set out to share the Gospel to youth in the region, enable experiential learning, and make developmental connections through hands on agriculture and farming.
After Emily graduated from JRHS she attended Eastern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry, and subsequently a Masters in Outdoor Adventure and Leadership from Wheaton College. An ardent networker, Emily loaded her Camp staff with Jesse Remington all-stars such as Susan Wilderman (current faculty and Class of 2002), Erin Phelan (Class of 2004), and Jacob Samuelson (Faculty). Recent Alumnus Camden Stockin (Class of 2022) and current Jesse students Blake Tanguay, Erin James, Marah Langlois, and Carter Woodrow worked as counselors directly leading and mentoring the youth all week long. The camp was a total success, with almost 50 young people powerfully impacted by experiencing God through his creation on the farm.
During Dreamers’ Ranch Camp the kids got their hands dirty, and minds exercised doing challenging and rewarding projects all over the 98-acre ranch. Blending games with farm chores ensured each camper had a blast while also learning the value of hard work. Some of the highlights included feeding chickens, canvas painting life on the farm, and learning to rope cattle. The campers were exposed to so many opportunities for growth, especially developing social skills. For Elijah Moran, (future JRHS class of 2032), his favorite part was “camping overnight on the farm with friends.”
God is active in our community and in the southern New Hampshire region. We exist to develop mature, Christ-like leaders who are ready to make an impact in the world around them locally, regionally, and globally. Come see for yourself!
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)