Service Learning at FBRA: What Are You Doing For Others?

Will Yeiser, Executive Director Service learning has been woven into the curriculum at the French Broad River Academy since day one. We intentionally build opportunities into our weekly field lessons to fulfill our mission of building character and integrity for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership, especially during the holiday season. Service has and…

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The Fire of Hope

Felix Dowsley, Boys Program Director Let’s face it: the watershed will never be clean. At least, not with the way our species currently inhabits it. But the infinite tasks bring purpose to life. For me those are teaching, learning, exploring, and serving. As our students serve our watershed, they connect the place-based aspects of our…

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WinterFest 2021

Riffing on keyboards, thumping the bass, strumming a melody, bangin’ the beat, and sweet sounding vocals filled the air of the FBRA North Campus the week before December break. Thanks to some great logistical planning, FBRA was able to hold the Girls and Boys Winterfest concerts as in-person events. The audience moved in and out…

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Alumni Eddy: Braxton Lathrop & Wiliam Harvey

As recently as twenty years ago, it was quite unusual for students to take a gap year between high school and college. There are reports this year that over 30% of high school seniors are considering taking a year off of formal education before entering college. What was once seen as strange is now pretty…

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Battling Hunger: Lessons in Food Insecurity

Jen Horschman, Girls Program Director We parked our FBRA van next to a larger van wrapped in art of colorful fruits and vegetables with bold words sprawled across: Bounty and Soul. The students became curious and excited to discover what this organization does in the community and what hands-on task they were going to do…

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Developing and Sustaining FBRA

The Maria Noakes Outdoor Center We are thrilled to report that The Maria Noakes Outdoor Center is very, very close to completion. You are invited to attend the building dedication on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 4:00pm. The address is 1420 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to marianoakesoutdoorcenter@fbriveracademy.org if you are planning to attend. The Salamander Fund…

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Salamander Fund 2021-22

Each fall, the school asks our community to contribute to the school by making a donation to the Salamander Fund, FBRA’s annual fund. Donations to the Salamander Fund go directly into this year’s operating budget, paying for things like staff salaries, health care benefits, outdoor programming, music instruction, and even the electricity to power the…

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The “Experamid”

Will Yeiser, FBRA Executive Director and Co-Founder   The FBRA Experamid is the brainchild of former Girls Outdoor Program Director and founding math teacher Emily Shanblatt, and it is essentially an infographic that communicates our collective purpose here at the French Broad River Academy. We have formally adopted the Experamid framework schoolwide, and if you…

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Maria Noakes Center Update

We get asked several times each week when the Maria Noakes Outdoor Center will be completed. Unfortunately, COVID 19 created problems with all sorts of manufacturing timelines and construction delays around the world. The good news is that we are almost there. Water has been brought to the building, plumbing roughed in, and the footers…

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