Unchecked Youths Go On Kindness Spree

The following acts of generosity and pure, unselfish goodwill were reported by Head of Middle School Meg Reed. The perpetrators remain at large and should be considered charmed and magnanimous.

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Unchecked Youths Go On Kindness Spree

— William Gould ’25 very sweetly wrote his neighbor, whose husband had just passed away the previous week, if she would like him to mow her lawn or wash her car.

— Nisha Mele ’25 was thanked in a neighborhood chat group as the “mysterious neighbor” responsible for the hearts on everyone’s driveways. This photo captured the brazen vandal in broad daylight.

— Natalie and Olivia Blocher brought six cases of Girl Scout cookies to Lancaster General as a thank you to the doctors and nurses. Not satisfied with cheering only healthcare workers, Olivia also put a box with a note of thanks in the mailbox for their letter carrier too.

— When the internet went out at the Blocher house, Natalie and Olivia got a message to the people the old fashioned way.

— Jean Noecker’s advisees made positive and uplifting signs during advisory one day. Tatum Ribeiro ’26 offered some advice on hers: “Throw kindness around life confetti.”

— Llarimar Vidot ’25 created an education box for her cousins. “They do not have school right now, so I wanted to help them out,” she said. “Also after school at 2:30, I FaceTime them and tutor them.”

— ZJ Suarez ’26 is “shy and talks seldom,” wrote his mom, Sasha, to Meg Reed. ZJ, his mom and his little brother Liam ’30 are good friends with a frontline worker at LGH and decided to make some masks to donate. When she wrote the email a month ago, they had more than 30 done, and they all looked pretty cool.

— For Julian Colino ’26, charity begins at home. Thank you to all chore-tackling heroes everywhere.

— Both of seventh-grader Raphael Andreae’s parents are doctors who have been in the thick of it since “Covid19” entered the vernacular. His mom, Adriana, wrote Meg Reed to briefly catalog some of Raphael’s unheralded compassion. “He picks his dad up from work most days. He cut his dad’s hair, and he built a vegetable garden for and with his younger brothers (Felix ’27 and Benyamin ’31).”

— Caralina Caplan ’25 wrote a thank you card to the doctors and nurses at a local hospital, and followed that up by sending a $100 donation to an area food bank. “I hope this is enough,” she wrote to Meg Reed.

— Finally, sixth-grader Agatha Clapper shows us all that kindness and compassion don’t just make people’s lives sweeter, but can deepen the ties between human and lizard as well. Her bearded dragon is staying ward and showing school spirit thanks to a bespoke hoodie that Agatha made for him.

The Whimsical Isolation of Delanie Edwards ’24

Earlier this month, Phil Lisi asked his students to write isolation-inspired poems. Delanie’s poem, “Isolation,” was particularly inspired, and has become part of an ongoing Arizona State chronicle of the pandemic: “A Journal Of The Plague Year: An Archive Of Covid19.”

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By Delanie Edwards

I’ve spent two weeks isolated
A major problem has been created
I used all of my hot sauce
This is such a loss
Food is a disgust
My mouth can’t adjust
Wait… I can order some online
The hot sauce will be all mine
I’ll order the largest size
In two day’s time it will be my greatest prize
It finally came
Now just to read the name
It’s chile-lime
This is such a crime
I must have ordered wrong
I just have to be strong
Until I can leave the house again
I don’t know when
Or until I can order correctly online
For now I’ll just have to dine
All alone in isolation
Without my hot sauce salvation

Building an Excellence Machine

The sixth grade FLL team isn’t hard to spot, even without the traffic-cone hats. They’ve got the skills, machines, and trophies that mark them as part of Country Day’s fledgling — and thriving — Robotics program.

Assistant Head of School Todd Trout took the stage to congratulate the sixth grade FLL (First LEGO League) squad for their second place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championships last month. The result earned the team a berth in the Razorback Invitational May 16-18 in Fayetteville, Ark., where they will compete against 80 other teams from around the world.

 

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“Within a short time we’ve established a tradition of excellence, and that’s something to truly be proud of,” Trout said, and the assembled Middle Schoolers roared their approval.

The Upper Schoolers compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a competition in which teams build and program a robot to complete specific tasks on a common course. Every team starts with the same parts and has to write the robot’s code in the same programming language, but other than that, each group designs a unique robot they hope will be the most capable on the course.

This year, the Upper School FTC team has earned a first place Programming Award, a first place Outreach Award, two third place Champions Awards, as well as a spot in the Pennsylvania State Championships in March.

Stay tuned for excellence updates.