Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lawrenceville's Bicentennial Celebration

This past weekend, my Mom and I went back to my NJ boarding school, The Lawrenceville School, for it's Bicentennial Celebration!  This event has been 200 years in the making, and the school wanted to make sure that it was a blast.  It also coincided with a large Capital Campaign the raise $200 Million for the school, which would take place over the 5 years leading up to the Bicentennial.  The school was proud to announce that they exceeded their goal, which was a huge accomplishment, considering the status of the economy over the past several years.

Mom and I had a great time at all of the events and walking around spending time on campus.  On top of that, the weather was gorgeous!  Thursday night we went to a special Campaign dinner in the senior dining hall. Friday afternoon was the open Board Meeting and the House Parade, which moved right into a picnic dinner in the Bowl with the students, faculty, and alums.  After dinner, the headmaster sealed the special Bicentennial Time Capsule, which is digital and contained on an external hard drive.  Then it was time for the fireworks spectacular, where everyone gathered on a sports field and watched the show, with a wonderful finale!  Then, it was time for the kids to head back to their houses, while the adults went to the Field House to partake in beverages and socializing with a band!

Saturday morning we attended some classes by selected teachers, which brought back some rough memories of Saturday mornings from years ago.  The teachers essentially gave us a sample class that they teach and we acted as the students.  Both of the classes I went to were very impressive and made me realize the great value in the Harkness method of teaching.  After class, we went to lunch and then wandered around the gorgeous new library that opened right before I graduated.  Then it was time for athletics and we watched a little bit of soccer and then the football team loose in OT to the Hun school.  Below are some photos from the weekend!!

Tyler and Courtney

Me in front of Woodhull House

The House Parade

Sealing the Time Capsule!


Unknown said...

Looks like you and Mom were very busy during a great weekend! Congrats on 200 years L'Ville!

Velvet said...

Does it seem like schools get harder as the years wear on? I'm not sure how I'm ever going to be able to help my kids (if I have any!) with homework! It's so hard now! And extracurriculars are much more intense. When I was in high school we just did clubs and sports. Now kids go to Guatemala and build houses with their summer vacations!

Tyler said...

B, we did have a busy weekend!!

Velvet, I know, it does seem that way. I feel like I would never get into the schools that I went to if I applied now. It's crazy!