Meeting the challenges of our time

By Lisa Aquino posted 9 days ago

  

Meeting the challenges of our time

The Hamlin School Mission begins, “The Hamlin School educates girls to meet the challenges of their time…” These are indeed challenging and unsettling times. It is especially important, now more than ever, to demonstrate to our students and school community that kindness counts. A simple smile and greeting to a grocery clerk, or "May I help you" to a tourist struggling to find a destination, can make a difference in that person's day.

A few weeks ago I was walking past a building that had Maya Angelou's quote, " Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud," etched on the wall. Within the next 2 blocks, I was able to help 2 different people because I was mindful of people "in need" of assistance.

My daughter recently shared her interaction with George Takei at a museum in L.A. It was her simple random act of kindness to help an elderly man who was struggling to get through the door that allowed her to have a meaningful interaction with George about the impact of his work in the musical, Allegiance, which is about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

As admission professionals, we are in the “business” of welcoming and helping prospective families get to know our schools.  Let’s spread kindness beyond to the greater community by "being a rainbow in someone else's cloud.”

Lisa Lau Aquino '81
Director of Admission
The Hamlin School
2120 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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