Every year, we hold student orientations for middle school and high school on Monday and Tuesday evenings before classes start. We have a time for new students to get their questions answered, have dinner together, and then do ice breaker games, take a tour of our space, and enjoy s'mores and ice cream around fire pits. It's a great way to start the year!
Every year, we gather our teaching staff to debrief the last year and prepare for the coming one. And this year, we added to our normal rounds of meetings some good old physical labor — prepping classrooms, cleaning, etc., associated with continuing to get our new spaces ready here in Boxford. Thank you to all our tutors who care so much about making New Hope a welcoming place. We can't wait to see our students in a couple short weeks!
We recorded two Mannequin Challenge videos, featuring music recorded by two of our students! Then today at lunch, two groups of students put on skits about following up with donors. We emphasized how important personal follow-up is, and the groups showed us a "successful" follow-up, meaning the donor said "Yes!", and one that didn't result in a donation.
Today, the Main Hall was decked out with extra tables, lots of pens, pencils, and extra letters as students began or continued personalizing their Servathon letters.