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“It’s just how we go about learning the material that’s different,” said Bruner. “We’re more about the child. When a child comes here, we assess where they are as a student and help them grow to become thinkers and become observant and be interested in the world,” said Glaser. The school is heavily involved in community service. For the last three years, groups of students have visited the Lake Marion Nursing Home to visit residents once a week. Recently, a student’s sibling was born prematurely, and the school became aware of a need for crocheted baby hats. As part of the curriculum requires learning material arts, the students began to crochet and donate baby hats to the NIC unit at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. The school has also become home to one of the Santee/Summerton Blessing Boxes. Students stock it, organize it, and keep track of high-need items. Members of the community may come take things if they are in need, and others may leave things to donate. “It’s been very rewarding for the children to know they’re doing something that really is so helpful to this certain population of the community,” said Bruner. Students have volunteered to keep the blessing box stocked during the summer as well. The service theme also applies to the school. Every child performed 5-10 minutes of age-appropriate chores every day at the school. They help organize, clean, sweep and maintain the facility and the grounds. “It builds a sense of community and responsibility that what they do matters and taking care of their surroundings matters. We all chip in together,” said Bruner. While the school does not have organized sports, they do provide extra curricular activities. Harvest has a competitive archery club, 4-H, a chorus club, a chess club, and provides weekly violin lessons. Due to a chapter highlighting Harvest’s success and philosophy in Know and Tell: The Art of Narration, by Karen Glass, Bruner and Glaser now spend time in other states speaking to other groups who wish to start a Charlotte Mason Charter School. “We certainly never imagined that would happen, that we would be doing consulting work with people who want to replicate what we have here,” said Bruner. “Because the classroom is designed the way it is, kids want to be in there. There are always interesting books to talk about. There are always interesting things going on. There are things they enjoy doing that they’ll miss when they’re not in class,” said Glaser. “I’m as excited today for the next start of school as I was for the first start of school, because we’re seeing children being so successful, and we’re thankful we get to be a part of it,” said Bruner.