Message from Chad
On June 8th students from around the country and around the world gathered under a beautiful Copper Beech tree on the Oakwood Friends School campus marking our 220th year of Friends education. As is tradition, each of the 36 graduates shared words of gratitude, words of hope and words of optimism. The students spoke powerfully about what they have gained academically, socially and spiritually. Through their words, spoken at times in multiple different languages, they expressed deep gratitude for the opportunities a Quaker Education affords.
One of my great joys is having my daily ‘to-do’ list tossed out the window when an alum unexpectedly stops by campus. I am continually, and pleasantly, surprised to see a student I remember as a 6th grader, return to campus as a sophomore in college or a few years into a new career.
As Oakwood Friends School enters its 220th year of coeducational Quaker learning, we are excited to welcome back returning families and to greet many new ones. Orientation week is rapidly approaching and the campus is abuzz with activity in preparation.
As a small child I had siblings who played flute and saxophone. Klipsch speakers that seemed bigger than a refrigerator woke us up each Saturday morning at 6:00 AM with their subtle 100+ dBA delivery of Pavarotti. I played piano for a short time in 2nd grade, but never managed to progress past Hot Cross Buns and thus my musical talents migrated more towards the listening than the creating.