Traditions are an important part of a Learning Project school year. They connect us as a community, keep us brimming with anticipation, generate meaningful life milestones, and create a continuity of experiences with LPers of the past, and those of the future. The following are just a few of the many traditions that we look forward to each year:
Early in the school year, the entire school spends the day on the Esplanade doing team-building activities and playing games. While fun is the main objective, opportunities for leadership and making new friends abound.
Parent Potlucks bring parents from two grades together for an evening of sharing homemade food and good company. Even though they are held on “school nights", many parents stay and chat well after dessert is finished. Life-long friendships have been known to begin during our Potlucks.
International Women’s Day
Led by faculty members, the whole school spends International Women’s Day learning about the important, but often unrecognized, contributions of women to our world. Through speakers, multi-age activities, and classroom lessons, the students delve into themes such as “Women in Science”, “Women in Politics”, and “Women in Sports”. A highlight of the day is always the end-of-day reflections that are displayed in our lobby for all to enjoy.
In the deepest, darkest, coldest part of winter, students return to school in the early evening in pajamas and with books and stuffed animals to spend two cozy hours reading with friends and teachers. Money raised from this event helps to purchase new books for the school, support local organizations that promote literacy, and to plant or sponsor trees in our city (to replace all of the pages we need in our books).
When spring finally arrives, the city bursts into bloom. Through the colder months, all of our students work diligently in chorus rehearsals preparing a selection of songs and traditional folk dances, including the winding of a twenty-foot Maypole. In a tulip-filled Copley Square, the children perform; a gift for our community and a gift for Boston, in return for all that the city provides for our students.
Just before everyone says goodbye for the summer, families, students, faculty and staff gather at a public park to have a picnic dinner and to enjoy some playtime and a night of community building as the sun sets on the school year.