Miller School of Albemarle

HEADMASTER’S CORNER by Rick France

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Treat the earth well, It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children. ~Native American Proverb

Thanks so very much to all of you who participated in our campus cleanup project for our first Service Day of the year last Wednesday.  The entire campus looks great now and reminds us of this wonderful gift we enjoy every day on our beautiful 1600 acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  We know from our study of Native American peoples that they had both great love and respect for the land.  This land that we share should always be respected and cherished.  So, for the generations of Miller School of Albemarle students who also lived here on this wonderful property, let’s make a promise to honor the beauty of our campus.  We can keep it clean and help out with projects that increase its meaningfulness for us and all the future generations who will follow you.

Did you know that in the first few decades of the School that students grew virtually all of their own food on the campus? They made much of their own furniture from wood cut here and learned how to maintain everything that enabled the School to function daily. Can you imagine getting up real early in the morning to do your school “chores”? So, maybe keeping your room and the campus clean are not such big duties after all.  Nevertheless, how you treat this very special place will contribute to those who will follow you. A group of students is starting to plan on growing things in a natural way so we, too, can benefit from our relationship with the earth.  Please share with your teachers some of your ideas of what we might do.

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Written by Miller School of Albemarle

September 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM

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