The power of positive and supportive messages cannot (should not) be trivialized, especially in our consumer culture that is fueled by dissatisfaction, competition, and pettiness.
Supportive affirmations are an established piece of every interaction at Deep Root Center, especially during each student’s weekly mentoring session. However, I think that we have all become slightly immune to the praise and encouragement that swirl around us because it has become almost unremarkable. We don’t even have to work hard to create this environment – respectful, nurturing language has become a habit and our sincere affection for each other is tangible evidence that we appreciate the essential human-ness that each of us brings to the space.
Therefore, in an attempt to shine a light on the extraordinary that may feel (and appear) normal, I want to express my deep gratitude to the people who are at the very core of the wondrously thoughtful and caring atmosphere at DRC. I am indebted to my fellow DRC team - Christopher and Trish; we are all richer for their wisdoms, commitment, talents, and love that you share unreservedly. Thank you to all of our students who have the courage to be different and who bring their interests, ideas, youthful spirit, intellect, and compassion every day. Thanks to the DRC Board - an amazing group of individuals who, despite having full and busy lives, spend time and energy to fundraise, mentor, write grants, and generate ideas on DRC's behalf. I am grateful to our families who have embraced this revolutionary educational model and have spread the word. Thank you to our many volunteers who share their interests and talents with our kids.
Additional thanks to all of the people who contribute financially to DRC - every dollar counts. It allows us to say, “yes” to every kid who dares to think outside the box to imagine their unique education and life.
I am so very honored to spend my days with these inspiring people in this place that we have created – together. #gratefulbeyondbelief
DRC FAQ Q - Does DRC follow the public-school schedule? A - Yes, mostly. DRC begins our academic year the same day and we are off for the same breaks and holidays. However, we do not take staff development days nor half days for family- teacher conferences. And, we are finished the Friday before Memorial Day in May. DRC also takes every Wednesday off because we recognize that our kids have lives outside of their schooling experience.