Denton Smith ’94 Speaks on Importance of Moving Forward as a Community

Allen-Stevenson celebrated its 137th birthday at Founders Day on Friday, October 11.
Headmaster David Trower opened by showing everyone Mr. Allen’s original desk from the School’s first year, when the enrollment was only three boys. Said Mr. Trower, "We are the School, and all the people who have been a part of Allen-Stevenson through the years played a role in building our community.”
 
This year Allen-Stevenson was fortunate to have Denton Smith ’94 as the speaker. Mr. Smith is a born and bred New York native who attended The Frederick Douglass Academy and Columbia University after leaving Allen-Stevenson. He currently works in the nonprofit sector at The Fortune Society. Mr. Smith regaled us with stories of his family and childhood days at Allen-Stevenson and gave a moving speech to our assembled boys and faculty and staff on the importance of community.
 
“When we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. That light shines in every one of us, and it connects us as a community and moves us forward. Your life intertwines with that of everyone else around you here. Together we move forward,” said Mr. Smith.
 
After Mr. Smith’s talk, the boys returned to their classrooms where they participated in a number of activities that brought boys across grades together, in celebration of our vibrant community and the history behind the School. These activities included an Allen-Stevenson scavenger hunt for information on the history of the School, inter-grade arts and crafts, signing of alumni birthday cards and origami hearts made as part of the Middle School’s boy-led Hearts to Hearts community service project in aid of Puerto Rico.
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