The Owl’s Nest is a place where students can come to socialize or escape. The Owl’s Nest fills many needs for Valley students. One need it fills is for students to socialize and get to know one another. Our students come from schools all over the district and most do not know anyone when they arrive. In the Owl’s Nest there are couches to lounge on, games to play, music to listen to, puzzles to put together, guitars to play, and friends to make.
Another need the Owl’s Nest fills is hunger. Thirty percent of our students are on free or reduced lunch and often come to school hungry, or they have rushed here from work and haven’t been able to eat. There are not many options for our afternoon students in the way of food. In the Owl’s Nest there is ramen, mac ‘n cheese, granola bars, oatmeal, pudding, fruit, and other snacks for the students because no one can learn when they are hungry.
The Owl’s Nest is also a place for help with classes. Our students may come to the Owl’s Nest to do homework or get tutoring. An additional need that the Owl’s Nest fills is a place to decompress. Students may take a “time out” if needed, in the Owl’s Nest. We all have anxiety every now and then, and so do students. Students many come to the Owl’s Nest if they are feeling overwhelmed during a class; there they can calm and gather themselves and return to class after a few minutes. The atmosphere in the Owl’s Nest is safe and inviting, yet calm and relaxing – a refuge that is nourishing. Nourishment comes in many forms; the Owl’s Nest is a place for Valley students to feed their bodies and feed their souls.