Students Bust a Move at May Day
Episcopal Day celebrated May Day last week, one of our school’s most beloved traditions. A special magic was in the air as this was our first traditional May Day since spring 2019.
May Day is our community’s way to honor the graduating class of eighth graders and to welcome the season of spring with dance. This year, we began a new tradition of our cross-grade school families making paper bouquets and boutonnieres for their eighth graders. They were beautiful tokens of our love for the graduates.
May Day began with a special all school Chapel service led by the graduates. The seventh graders assumed the mantle of leadership with their special role as hosts and acolytes. In addition to helping set up, they lead the festive parade into the church. Eighth graders shared memories of their time at Episcopal Day, gratitude for family, friends, and teachers, and they offered prayers for the school and one another as they prepared to move on. The students’ wisdom, poise, and leadership was a meaningful testament to how they’ve matured at Episcopal Day.
Following Chapel, each grade from pre-kindergarten to sixth performed a dance on the lawn in honor of the eighth grade. We were amazed by the students’ moves! Mrs. Carr is famous for dancing with her students, and since she is retiring, this was her last year — and oh boy, did she strut her stuff! The final dance was, as always, the traditional Maypole ribbon dance.
May Day exemplifies what is unique about our school — the undeniable love, support, and leadership across grade levels, and the powerful feeling that arises as we gather together as a community in celebration of one another. It was a special moment to once again see all of our families in Mustang Meadow laughing and smiling, watching the dances, and honoring the eighth grade.