At Fun Day + Lantern Festival last Saturday, our families, faculty, and staff turned out in the hundreds to run in the Fun Run, cheer on our teams, support our student clubs—and be together in fellowship and community. It was wonderful to see everyone there!
We especially welcomed to our friends from the John B. Kelly School, and friends and neighbors, who joined us for this event.
Through the Lantern Festival—this new addition to the time-honored tradition of Fun Day—we celebrated a Quaker experience and belief that is fundamental to how we at GFS live and learn. This belief is that each person—regardless of how big or how small, how old or how young, how kind-hearted or ill-spirited...no matter what they have or don’t have, where they live or go to school, where they worship (or don’t)—all of us have a Light Within that serves to guide us and brings us together in community.
The lanterns were not only beautiful in their own right, but they told a story of community and creativity. Since August, Gowri Savoor, our artist in residence, offered dozens of workshops to our faculty, students, neighbors, and friends.
Our art and woodshop teachers were trained in making lanterns and supported this effort with our students. Parents were incredible stewards of this effort, assembling poles and lights for the past couple of weeks and volunteering at the event.
Here's a video that captures the exuberance and joy of Fun Day + Lantern Festival.