Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tradition Part II

Several years ago when our school was started, Campbell Clansman had to decide exactly how we would kick it off. He didn't tell me what he was going to do ahead of time. But on that very first day, with our 70 students, he began some traditions that have carried. I remember thinking, "Well, that's a neat idea. He didn't tell me he was going to do that." Now we have grown to over 230 students, but the first day traditions live on. After gathering all the kids and teachers in the cafeteria, he welcomes us all. Then he asks who remembers the 5 things O-A-S-I-S stand for. The first person to correctly say them earns a 5 lira bill. They know this is coming now, and they're ready. He also introduces all the teachers, amid many cheers, claps, and yells. Then he reminds them why we should all be thankful...thankful for the sacrifice of so many who had a vision for this school and made it happen.
Then we have an opportunity to show our gratitude and pride in our school. One senior is chosen to carry our flag, and all the students from the 18 year olds, all the way down to the Pre-Kindergarten, silently walk one lap around the perimeter of our school. Some are just observing silence, but many of us pray. I always see the neighbors poking out of their windowsto watch. I usually get watery-eyes.
We walk in order of grades, with the youngest at the end. Look who brought up the very back of the line. The youngest one in the school, and the one who's been ready to go to school for about 3 years now.

After we finish the walk, we line up on the basketball court, raise our flag, and cheer for our school. I can't think of a better way to start the year.
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1 comment:

Melanie Keffer said...

Wow! I almost was teary eyed way over here.

What a wonderful life Sara! Isn't God so good to us all?


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