About a year ago, my family and I moved to a new neighborhood in Denver. Two of us were changing schools – me to Friends’ and my daughter Emma to an all-girls high school in Englewood, south of the city. We plotted strategically to find a place that suited our very different morning trips to school. We found a great house, but it meant moving out of our old neighborhood where we had so many dear friends and fond memories.
It was tough to leave the old block. Because of our schedules, it hasn’t been easy to get to know new neighbors and to feel a part of our new surroundings. It has brought home to me the importance of community.
Thankfully, we have both found community in our schools. ‘Community’ – it’s a word that is sometimes overused in our society, but which has deep roots and, for me, carries great significance in how I want to live my life. Community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Community is what Friends’ School is all about. We are here, I am here, to educate your children and to challenge them to be the best they can be through academic excellence, creative expression, and social responsibility. I was attracted to Friends’ in part because of the incredible feeling of community: warmth; acceptance; common goals; an entire organization of people who believe in our kids and our desire to guide them to grow up into caring, curious, kind, smart, and accomplished adults.
There is nothing better than the warm glow of the elementary or preschool hallways and doorways at the beginning and end of each school day, and the happy smiles and greetings that are exchanged. I love it! Thank you for the part you play in making our school the wonderful community that it is.