Community Engagement at Hausner: Connecting Beyond the School Grounds

Community Engagement at Hausner: Connecting Beyond the School Grounds
Rachel Kitt

Have you ever had that moment where you feel an instant connection with another family or Hausner alumni when you run into them outside of school? It's like finding a kindred spirit in the wild, and I absolutely love it! Whether it's at Webb Ranch during pumpkin patch season or when we discovered our new neighbors are also a Hausner family, these experiences always make me feel like I'm part of a tight-knit community.

As part of our commitment to building a strong sense of community, we started several engagement programs this school year, and I'm thrilled to share one of our most successful initiatives: Lions in the Wild. This program celebrates the moments when Hausner families or students spot other alumni, staff, or current families outside of school grounds. We call it "in the wild" because it can happen anywhere - at a local restaurant, library, or even a sports game.

Of course, we also organize some pre-planned "in the wild" experiences, like our recent trip to a San Jose Barracuda minor league ice hockey game. We had 20 current Hausner families join us for this unforgettable event, and it was incredible to see how it brought everyone together. By the third period, we had abandoned our assigned seats and were sitting with other families or standing up against the glass to cheer on the players. For many families, this was their first time watching a hockey game, and it was a fantastic way to bond over a shared new experience.

We truly believe that creating special moments like these is key to building a strong and more connected community. That's why I'm excited to announce our next "in the wild" event: a San Jose Giants minor league baseball game on Sunday, June 4th at 5 PM. We already have tickets assigned in the same section, so we can all enjoy the game together. You can purchase your tickets here.

I want to extend a huge thank you to Nina and Russell Kaufman, and Rebecca and Benji Shomair for co-chairing our first “in the wild” event. Your support and enthusiasm for building a stronger community at Hausner are truly appreciated.
I hope to see you all at the San Jose Giants game - let's cheer on our local team and create more amazing memories together!

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