When our former student, Bennett Williams, enrolled in the Day School, his mom, Kirsa, came to the office to speak to us about Bennett's health. When Bennett was one year old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. The brave 3-year-old Bennett joined our PreK3 class while still undergoing chemotherapy. He was in remission after three years of treatment, from 2014 until last month, when his family received the devastating news that Bennett has another form of blood cancer MDS/AML.
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We all love to hear our children coming home singing songs they have learned at school. BUT did you know how much music is strengthening their brain development and helping to set them up for future academic success? As their music teacher, I am always thinking about the development of your “whole child” as I plan, dance, sing, play, move, imagine, interact, and make music with your children here at the Day School. As a music and child development nerd, allow me to share some of this excitement with you!
I'm not. And I'm excited to tell you that today.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending Momentous Institute's Changing the Odds Conference. Those of you who have been around for years are accustomed to my "what inspired me" posts that come from this conference. This year, the topic was belonging. It was about the need we have as humans to be connected, and the importance of such connections for truly impacting our communities for the better. This made me think of the barriers we put in place to hold one other at a distance. We erect images of perfection like walls around our hearts, without any doors or windows, so that no one can come inside and see, or even take a peek at, our truths.