The annual SummerFest celebration hit the sunny lawns of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School this past Thursday evening, August 17th. Families and staff alike could be seen socializing, enjoying delicious food, and partaking in numerous games and activities dotted around the campus. Attendees were able to enjoy the bouncy house and obstacle course, pet the animals at the petting zoo, or peruse the wares of the farmers market and school store. Music throughout the event was provided by Perkins’ very own Back Porch Band, comprising members of the faculty along with guest performances by several students.
During the seven weeks of summer, teachers created and taught lessons that focused on various types of leaders and heroes including Nobel Peace Prize Winners, civil rights leaders, community and global heroes, extraordinary kids, and heroes of tomorrow. The lessons focused on the positive traits, talents and leadership qualities that leaders possess in addition to providing the students with the opportunity to reflect on their own qualities, skills, and talents that make them unique and special.
The students learned about the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize award and the accomplishments of the leaders that have received them, in addition to their impacts on the global society. Students also learned about extraordinary children as leaders and innovators, such as child inventors and their impact on society despite the various challenges and obstacles they had to overcome.
The halls of the Janeway Education Center were adorned with student work and projects, representing countless hours of hard work on the part of students and the educational staff at Perkins. The summer theme of “Heroes and Leaders” was very evident in the myriad collages, posters, and reports acknowledging the contributions of civil rights activists and community leaders showcased in the corridors.
Encouraging words of wisdom from role models like Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai and Dr. Seuss and assignments that focused on the contributions of leaders such as Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Galileo, Marie Curie and Nelson Mandela. The Summerfest theme for this year reminded all of our students, staff, and public in attendance to this celebration, that indeed masks and capes are not necessary for one to be a hero!