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Students, families, staff, Advisory Council and Board of Trustee members came together for Springhouse Community School’s First Annual Gathering on May 25 in Floyd.

Springhouse Community School held its First Annual Gathering on May 25 at the Floyd Center for the Arts. The morning began with a heartfelt welcome by co-founder and Head of School Dr. Jenny Finn.

Finn shared, “Much like a springhouse, we seek to create a structure that protects, contains and makes useful the source that is emergent. In the case of a springhouse, the source we are talking about is water. In the case of Springhouse Community School, we are talking about the love that is alive in every single person, though as we know, many live far away from that love. In both cases, the structure is in service to the creative, vital and transformative source within it. At Springhouse, that source is love.”

The event brought together students, families, staff, Advisory Council and Board of Trustee members, including several Advisory Council members from across the country. Community singing was led by Dean of Students Chris Wolf, with a crowd open to learning songs old and new and Springhouse students carrying the tunes with zeal.

Dr. Len Fleischer, Professor Emeritus from Keene College in New Hampshire, gave the keynote address. Among his remarks, Fleischer stated: “I am learning that Springhouse is a place with a vision and intention that matters, with a largeness of spirit and a passion for soul that can and does change the world. … One of the many great things I have learned about Springhouse is that it is a community which strives to examine and experience the coming together of the personal and the academic, to narrow the boundary between the people we are and aspire to be and the work we aspire to do.”

The day continued with a community lunch and moved into small group discussions with a focus on exploring questions to help build the groundwork for Springhouse Community School’s next strategic plan. Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kim O’Donnell facilitated this time of sharing that invited those present to tell the school what they believe it does well and what it needs to do better as it moves towards achieving its vision of creating a community of lifelong learners who feel a sense of belonging to each other, their community and the earth. Closing out the day, Finn led 60 people in sacred dance, a practice that Springhouse uses on a regular basis.

Springhouse offers a day school program for seventh- to 12th-graders, rites of passage programs for pre-teens and teens, a leadership development program called The Well for young adults, and personal development programs for adults. The school is accepting enrollments for the 2019-2020 academic year.

For more information, visit www.SpringhouseCommunitySchool.org.

Submitted by Kaelyn Petrides

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