2007-09-13 / News

St. Michael's school accepts 70th class at opening day

St. Michael's Country Day School inaugurated its 70th year on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with an enrollment of 241 students- its highest in four years- and, with students from Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Hawaii, a decidedly international element to its roster. At the traditional opening-day allschool meeting, Head of School Whitney Slade welcomed students and faculty with a reading from Dr. Seuss' 1940 classic, Horton Hatches the Egg which, Slade explained, was an illustration about the importance of responsibility, commitment, and standing up for one's beliefs.

Founded in 1938, St. Michael's is an independent, nondenominational, coeducational school for children from preschool through grade 8. This year, those more than 240 students, ranging in age from 3 to 15, are following the theme of respecting the earth, from recycling awareness at school to considering what they can do at home. They are taking the cue, not only from their teachers, but from Facilities Manager Bill Daigneault, who in the past year has researched to buy only environmentally friendly cleaning products- as well as doubling the school's supply (and hence accessibility) of recycling bins. Daigneault says the process is a slow one but figures that he is nearly 75-percent there. Among the school's more popular decisions was to go local and begin using Rhody Fresh milk for school lunches.

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