By John Bishop
You can see the uptick in urgency; you can feel it, too.
Here in September (!) — with the first of autumn’s leaves turning color — there’s just something spectacular about seeing students stepping up.
Friendly faces all, here to give a hand to their fellow Spartans (as well as the faculty and staff). All weekend, they prevented nerves from taking center stage.
Even as Mr. Scheibe told new students, “It’s all new… It’s all good,” faculty and staff traversed the campus on Friday’s Athletic Preseason Registration with heightened purpose.
Summer was over and there was a necessary rise in the timbre of activity from the adults, all of whom were working their hardest to make the first few moments on campus as comfortable as possible for new and returning families.
But there, in the middle of it all, were Lawrence Academy’s student leaders — peer counselors, proctors, ambassadors, and Elm Tree Society members — ready to steady the hand of any nervous freshman (or uptight adult).
“Not only have the student leaders helped welcome and ground new students and families, they’ve made ME feel both comfortable and excited heading from summer into the school year. What a welcome and welcoming sight!”Head of School, Dan Scheibe
As a result, this past weekend’s welcoming activities, practices, and — yes — there was some downtime, went off without a hitch. To which Mrs. Margraf, LA’s assistant head of school, this morning mused via email:
“If you see a student leader on campus, (decorated in tie-dye today), please give them a huge shout” out! They are working incredibly hard!”Assistant Head of School, Libby Margraf
We’re all proud. But, honestly, nobody is surprised.
This is what LA leaders do: they rise to the occasion. But here in September (!) with the first of autumn’s leaves turning color, there’s just something spectacular about seeing all of the kids — and they are kids — stepping up to give a hand to their fellow students, as well as the faculty and staff.
Thank you, guys! #GoLASpartans!