The Last Friday Morning Meeting of the School Year
The last Friday Morning Meeting of the school year encompassed a wonderful mixture of what makes Allen-Stevenson so special.
Opening with a cello trio, Charlie DeMarco ‘21, Skyler Brozyna ‘21, and Jeremy Negrin ‘21, performed Vivaldi’s “Spring” from “The Four Seasons” without accompaniment, which was truly impressive!
Several boys who had been on the Costa Rica Service Learning Trip over Spring Break in March spoke about their experience. They explained how they gained new perspectives about life in general, learning from the families they stayed with just how important family was to them. One boy noted that the people they met in La Carpio are “happy with what they have even if it seems like not a lot.” As another boy explained, “It is us who should learn from them.” The group closed by showing a film created by Julian Schnitt '20, that depicted scenes from various parts of the trip.
Monica Matthew, who for many years fed the boys at Allen-Stevenson, shared how much she has missed the boys since she left the School at the end of last summer to pursue other opportunities. She asked everyone in the audience to close their eyes and think of a special treat. She went on to describe her childhood treat called “Frozen Joy” a frozen, milky, sugary, fruity edible delight. Ms. Matthew told the boys, “For the past 10 years, you have been my ‘frozen joy’ and a part of who I am.”
Headmaster David Trower closed the morning’s gathering by thanking Ms. Matthew and asking the boys to remember that the School gives to you a “portfolio of robust experiences.” He told them to connect these experiences, and suggested that they “use their time off to connect and recognize this [their education] is still a work in progress.” Mr. Trower concluded by asking the boys to take the time to reflect on the meaning of the end of the school year.