Towards the end of last year we were able to join together for a few in-person events in December, including a gathering for alumni parents and Bo Lauder as well as a special Meeting For Worship for the Class of 2022 and their parents. It was a joy to be together.
As the omicron COVID variant wreaked havoc on New York City, Friends Seminary was proactive and had procedures in place to help keep students, faculty and staff safe. After the winter break, students have been able to return to school in person with minimal disruption to their schedules. The health and safety of our community remains paramount, and I am hopeful that more in-person events will take place soon.
Two weeks ago during lunch duty, a Grade 4 student came up to me and asked if I was from Kenya. I was impressed and assumed he recognized Kenya’s Coat of Arms on my face mask. As it turns out, it was the Kenya bracelet that I wore that caught his attention. The bracelet sparked a conversation about our mutual love of running, distance running in particular, and this impressive fourth grader shared his knowledge of Eliud Kipchoge, who currently holds the world record for the marathon. Impromptu conversations like these with our students allow me to connect with our students. Finally, last month was my first chance to experience the Lunar New Year Celebration at Friends, which was beautiful. I look forward to more opportunities to meet with you in person and to join you at events as the year progresses.
Associate Director of Advancement for Alumni Relations