8th Graders Rite of Passage

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

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I’ll be fairly brief this week, as I have been trekking through Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with the 8th graders! As Patrick Donovan says, this trip is truly a rite of passage for our 8th graders, and for most of them, is one of their fondest memories of their time at St. Francis. From the time they get off the bus at Big South Fork on Monday at about 12:30 p.m., until they reload on Friday at 9:00 a.m., they are “creatures of the outdoors” and all that entails – especially the weather! 

The number of lessons learned on this trip are numerous and unique to each individual who goes. Self-reliance, teamwork, attitude, reflection, preparedness, gratitude, and a healthy dose of philosophy are just some that come to mind. Rest assured, we have many pictures and stories to share now that we are back, and share we will!

afm-poster-lt-brnI also wanted to extend an early invite to all Middle School families to mark your calendars for our fall play, which takes to the stage beginning Friday, November 4th. This year, the National Youth Arts Award-winning St. Francis Drama Project has decided to take on the ambitious project of Anne Frank and Me. Not to be confused with The Diary of Anne Frank, this drama/comedy takes place both in the present and the past and was written by Cherie Bennett. (Bennett also authored John Lennon and Me, which we performed to great success four years ago.) Alternately funny, musical and heart-wrenching, this story of a self-absorbed modern young girl “traveling” to the past to deal with the Holocaust and meet Anne Frank herself will induce laughs, smiles, and possibly tears. Showtimes are Friday, November 4th; Wednesday, November 9th; and Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on November 6th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and will be available at the door. Due to the subject matter, we recommend Anne Frank and Me for students in Middle School grades and up. Our kids have taken the challenge of the gravity of this subject matter very seriously, and I am very proud of their dedication to this project!