post by Jessica Rizzuto, MPP 2014
This week at the Batten School, finals are in full swing. Therefore, it was very timely that UVA Aquatics and Fitness Center’s “Twelve Days of Fitness” program featured an event for us yesterday evening. Dean Harding made a special guest appearance at a Zumba class to encourage our taking a healthy mid-week break from our term papers and presentation prep. My classmates and I flocked to the free exercise class as quickly and in as large of numbers as we usually flock to free Mellow Mushroom Pizza! Sandra Menendez, a third-year student in the College studying English Literature, led the Latin/Hip-hop dance class. She had tons of energy and had the whole room singing and sweating from the first song to the last. We had a great time shaking out our stress, and we discovered the dancing talent of one of our classmates in particular! Although I’m not sure Dean Harding will be joining us to Zumba again anytime soon, I hope he enjoyed the energy of the class and the experience trying something new!
Thank you to Dean Harding and to the AFC for putting on such a fun and bonding event for us.
post by Elena Weissmann, MPP 2014
With the Holiday Season upon us, Batten students have decided to give back within our community.
Batten Council sponsored a Staff Appreciation day in honor of our hardworking staff members, and invited students to share their thoughts of appreciation. The solarium is now home to a bright and festive board covered in these colorful notes, as a reminder to our community of how thankful we are for the resources our staff members work so hard to keep running smoothly.
Within the Charlottesville community as a whole, Batten students partnered with Madison House’s Holiday Sharing Program to help make the Holiday Season special for a family in need. The program works with the Salvation Army to match local families with sponsor groups from around Grounds.
Batten Council was matched with a family of 4, and successfully exceeded our fundraising goal to brighten the holiday for a mother and her three young daughters. The Batten community raised these funds in record-setting time, and delivered groceries and gifts to Madison House this morning to be given to the family. Our match mother will receive not only enough groceries and Kroger credits to provide nutritious home-cooked meals for the Holiday Season, but also a foot bath/massager and a winter sweater. Her daughters will receive festive winter scarves and art kits for creating bracelets and nail art.
Batten Council extends its thanks once again to our superb staff and faculty, and to our entire community for coming together to spread the Holiday Spirit to our sponsor family.