Special Activities

Special Activities include:

Academic Events

Cultural projects

WHS includes several special academic events annually to enhance the curriculum.
Each of these activities gives the students experience in public speaking, focuses
on a particular area of study and increases knowledge of different historical
personages or cultures. Academic Events include Academic Fairs, Health Week,
World Cultures Day, Student Authors, National Education Week, Geography and
Vocabulary Bees, and the VFW Essay Contest.

Celebration Days

Our Celebration Days give students the opportunity to show their appreciation for
parents and teachers, give back to the community as well as learn about national
and world holidays.

Community Involvement

Christmas Caroling

Students and their families are involved with annual community events as well
as situations that may arise during the year. Sometimes students have come up
with their own ideas such as 10 year-old Kayla who asked guests coming to her
birthday party to bring something for victims of a hurricane. The school became
involved and helped Kayla fill an airplane with needed goods so Jet Blue could fly
her and her “birthday gifts” to the people in need.

Some of the community outreach we do includes:

  • Food Drives
  • Adopt a Family at Christmas: Each classroom adopts its own needy family
    that is made known to us by a local charity. Although we do not know the name
    of the family, only the ages and sizes of the family members.
  • Visiting Nursing Homes: Preschool children deliver Valentines made by WHS
    children in the afternoon program and sing songs to residents in a local nursing
    home. Junior and senior high students bring gifts and sing Christmas carols for
    the elderly.
  • Responding to Crisis: Upper level students have helped out with clearing
    debris from homes and yards of local flood victims. Students have collected
    books for schools in the Philippines. Students and their families have brought
    truckloads of supplies for hurricane victims.

We are proud of our students and families who are devoted to their community
and beyond.

International Field Trips

Machu Pichu

Students experienced life in the country and traveled to
many historical sites. The traveling group emailed back to WHS to report on
their adventure. The students at home are studying the country being visited
by our traveling students.

Here is a list of the countries we have visited:

Cancun, Mexico
Costa Rica
Madrid, Spain
Rome, Italy
England and Wales
Ecuador and Galapagos
Eastern Europe

Natures Lab

Natures Lab
Students in upper elementary travel to Gainesville, Florida and spend three days
at Nature's Lab. They experience various activities such as early American crafts,
horseback riding, a rope course and team building games.

Class Field Trips

Field Trip to Publix
Field trips at Wider Horizons are always educational and generally local. Young
students visit local supermarkets and learn what goes on behind the scenes.

Chinsegut Nature Center is a favorite place for students to visit and work with the
resident biologists. They learn all about the flora and fauna of Florida in the
various seasons of the year as well as how to use a compass and GPS to find
their way in the woods.

Historical sites are another favorite field trip such as the Sugarmill Woods Print
Museum, the Pioneer Museum and the Crystal River Indian mound. We watch
for anthropological digs in our area or other special events that may take place.
Museum of Natural History
A trip to the USDA dairy farm is a good learning experience as is a trip to the
Museum of Science and Industry. Visiting local businesses such as a
veterinarian’s office, pizza place or bakery are also interesting trips.