On Wednesday morning, just as administrative staff were finishing up their Zoom meeting, our staffulty members began to hear knocks on the door. On porches and doorsteps all over the North Bay, members of the Board of Trustees and the Advancement department hand-delivered gift bags of sanity-restoring essentials: coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, and baked goodies, as well as beautiful bouquets of flowers and a hand illustrated card. These treats came after an exceptionally challenging week, accompanied (appropriately enough!) by the return of clear, blue skies.
This thoughtful gesture from the board brought home--literally--our school’s commitment to kindness. When we are together on campus, that kindness shows up in a million little ways. We see it in the standing ovations our students give performers and speakers at Community Meeting and the snacks students bring to share in Advisory. We see it in the way students stop to pet their teachers’ dogs in between classes, in encouraging messages left on white boards in classrooms, in handmade gifts that students make in their art or studio classes. We show up for one another’s performances and panels; we share one another’s good news with enthusiasm and excitement.
Even though we are apart, our students, staffulty, and trustees are finding ways to spread cheer and buoy spirits. These small acts are manifestations of our supportive, connected community. Random acts of kindness don’t seem so random at all in the context of SA. If you haven’t done a little something to brighten a friend’s day lately, now is a great time to do it, whether you are a student, a parent, or a staff member.
Many thanks to the Board and the Advancement team for bringing smiles to our Wednesday!
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