Since the school’s founding in 1901, Parker has begun each academic year with the Corinthians Morning Ex, and the tradition continued this year. Students gathered in the Heller Auditorium, where Principal Dan Frank reinforced the belief that all individuals in our school community matter and spoke to the history and importance of this Morning Ex as a unifying element that reaffirms our community’s connections and commitment to one another.
Every year, a member of the community has read from Corinthians 12:14–26, reminding the assembly of Parker’s commitment to each individual in our community; this year, Lower School Dean of Student Life Ashleigh St. Peters read the selection. Additionally, Languages and Cultural Studies Co-Chair Lorin Pritikin quoted Brené Brown in her remarks, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
Finally, US Drama teacher Cassie Slater led the community in a group exercise geared toward helping each person in the audience share their authentic self with those seated next to them, unifying the many in one effort.