Hill School’s TEEN Saturday program attended the Blossom Kite Festival on March 30 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Kite Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Washington, DC and features kite fliers from across the U.S. and the world. Members of Hill’s TEEN Saturday program not only participated in the event, but won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the teen competition.
Under the guidance of Joan Gardiner, well-known ceramicist and tile maker who teaches TEEN Saturday art, the children designed, built, and flew their own kites. Teachers were not allowed to touch the kites in any way. It was an exciting journey for these eleven children, who began the day by taking the Metro from Vienna into DC and experienced all the festival had to offer.
The TEEN Saturday program was designed to provide opportunities for children in grades 6-11. They meet fifteen Saturdays during the school year and participate in art and sports activities. Nearly all the children involved in the program previously participated in Hill’s Team Saturday, which serves children in grades 2nd through 5th, and have stayed connected to the school and the program.