Ironwood Maine Web Update

Wow! The first day of Family Weekend is a tremendous whirlwind of activity. Launched by a family introductory meeting at the Farmhouse School, the day is then set in motion with reunifications, smiles, laughs and yes, tears. All of the emotions you could imagine after not seeing your child for 10 weeks. Afterwards, the families head off for a day of family therapies, experientials and some quiet time together.

The Level III and Level IV residents enjoy a much deserved and anticipated trip off-campus beginning in the mid-afternoon. All Level III’s get to stay off-campus on Saturday night. A Level III resident with their second family weekend get to stay off-campus Sunday night, as well. Level IV residents will enjoy a complete three-night family weekend with a return on Monday. Level II residents, while enjoying a great day with family, are not allowed off-campus for the overnight.

This always leaves the question as to what happens to the Level I residents who have not yet been here long enough to enjoy a Family Weekend. Well, staff take great care of our Level I residents by planning a good mix of activities, school lessons, exercise and time to converse with peers and staff. Today saw them in school for the regular amount of time, followed by a delicious lunch cooked outside, then some R&R with fellow residents and the Frye mini horses. Even in the spring months, our campus is ripe for adventurous exploration and the residents will participate in shelter construction, maple sap boiling, adventures walk, and an epic fire building competition. 

While we are all making the most of these special moments here on-campus, there are several family members not able to attend these weekends. This dynamic is a powerful reminder to be appreciative and purposeful with the time we do have with the people we care about.