Boarding Schools are communities of individuals who, when they join together, create something much more powerful than the individual self. The adults in a boarding school like Dublin School define, represent and shape the culture of the community. Young people learn not only in the classroom, on the stage, in the studio, and on the fields, courts, lakes and trails, they learn from watching the adults in the community as they live their lives from seven in the morning to eleven at night. Without even having to pay attention the students see how we handle success, disappointment and stress.
We are fortunate to have so many role models at Dublin School, and none more influential than our school nurse Robin Newton. I have received multiple emails over the last few days nominating Robin for “Moxie” awards for all the moxie she is demonstrating in dealing with the “Dublonic Plague”, the twenty four hour stomach bug that his hit our state and our school this week. Clare, a sophomore, wrote to me, “She works around the clock making sure that everyone who is sick has the care that they need and everyone who isn't sick is taking the proper precautions. This is the case always, not just with our widespread illness. Last night when I went to the Health Center I saw that she looked exhausted. I guess that makes sense because of her job, but it dawned on me that I had never really showed my appreciation for all that she does. I made sure that she knew how much I looked up to her and how we really wouldn't be able to properly function without her. As her face lit up from my statement, I knew how much that meant to her. It is important to me for Robin to get the credit she deserves and for everyone to realize how much we all need and appreciate her.”
We are fortunate to have Robin and so many other adults who quietly go above and beyond to support and mentor our students. When Robin was too busy to make it to Morning Meeting so we could give her the award, we brought Morning Meeting to her to thank her in person.