Building Community

It was my daughter’s sixth birthday yesterday.  Today was her last day of kindergarten.  She was really blossomed this year and I am proud of the young girl she is.

We live on a peninsula, with the ocean on one side and a bay on the other.  The bay is a perfect place for kids.  The water is calm and not very deep and there is a large stretch of beach to play.  We decided to have a beach party today for my daughter’s birthday and to celebrate the last day of school.  We invited both kindergarten classes and told everyone that siblings were welcome.  Soon the responses totaled over 75 people!

We kept the party simple – pizza, fruit, drinks and snacks – and everyone had a fabulous time.  I took a moment to look around at the group during the party.  We are so fortunate to have a school for her where there is a real sense of community.  Everyone knows each other and even after only one year there, I can truly say that I have made some great friends.  I didn’t realize how important it is when choosing a school, but this shared sense of community is truly something that can’t be replicated.  If you count my son, we will be there for eleven years.  It will be great to look back then and remember our first school beach party.

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