About two weeks ago, I was paused to reflect as I spoke to the eighth graders about their upcoming shadow to the high school. I gazed around the room looking at how much each one of them had grown so much in my two and a half years as Art Director, here at St. Stephen's. I wondered 'are they ready?' In four brief years, they will graduate and head off to new adventures of their choosing and I thought to myself, 'wow, time sure does fly'. I reflected on how much I cherish each and every student as they have brought so much laughter and joy into my life. Watching them take risk in the fine arts has been so incredibly rewarding not only for them but for us as their teachers. I also pondered the word shadowing... Why do we call it that? Then Peter Pan came to mind:
St. Stephens’s community of family is like Peter Pan's shadow. Always there for one another and we are never alone. My heart came to a resting place of peace and joy as I thought about Neverland. Neverlandisn’t a place but a state of mind. And growing up doesn’t have to be so hard!
Holli Richardson, Director of Fine Arts