Did you ever see something fantastic and think, “I wish I had my camera!” As a head of school I must have that feeling a dozen times a day walking around Meadowbrook.
Yesterday I was reading to the Senior Kindergarten and was feeling full from their endless positivity, curiosity, and energy. We had read “Elmer” and talked about how wonderful differences among friends is.
I walked out beaming and out of the corner of my eye spotted a first grader at his cubby. He opened his backpack, took out a book, and turned to return to his classroom. As he turned to go he leapt in the air, did a full 360 spin, landed and walked off happily to class. He never saw me, but I saw in an instant what a happy kid in school looks like. It’s a powerful thing. School is not easy. It is happy, though. And that is such a gift for our children, as it teaches them how hard work and happiness can go hand in hand.
As I reflected on that I saw a group of middle school students searching out kindergarten volunteers. They were shooting a film and needed additional actors. I couldn’t help but watch, and this time I actually remembered to take out my phone camera and capture a moment that was simultaneous academically rich but also demonstrates how loving, collaborative, and intergenerational our community is.
I couldn’t help but write to share some of the photos with you. Enjoy them!