At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, a new program was introduced at the Upper School: Pillar Days. Four times a year, the entire Upper School community will focus on one of the school's four pillars: Scholar, Athlete, Artist, and Servant.
The Service pillar was the first to be celebrated on September 19, a day that saw our students and faculty engaging in service projects both on and off campus. On campus, ninth and twelfth graders packed 40,000 meals with Mission of Hope for Haitian orphanages. Meanwhile, tenth grade students, along with fifth graders visiting from the Lower School campus, wove stars out of ribbons for One Million Stars Texas, an initiative that aims to make a positive impact on local issues of violence using the traditional Indigenous/Pasifika craft of star weaving.
Off campus, juniors undertook cleanup of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, organized hygiene production at Austin Diaper Bank, unpacked supplies at Salvation Army, and so much more, working alongside nonprofits like Casa Marianella and Posada Esperanza, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Austin Creative Reuse.
"It was such a joy to see our community working together to support our neighbors both near and far; what's more, it was also a day to bring together students of different ages for a common purpose," remarked Austin Davis, Upper School Director of Community Engagement.
The first Pillar Day was an enormous undertaking and a huge success - Upper School students have already expressed interest in volunteering more at the Pillar Day organizations and stars continue to be woven for the One Million Stars Initiative.
"Our Service Pillar is alive and well, and I am thankful to work in a community of students and adults with such a deep commitment to doing good." said Davis. We look forward to the next Pillar Day celebrating Athletics on October 13!