On September 8 the Form VI boys spent a day upstate in North Salem at Camp Morty, a Fresh Air Fund site, where they faced high- and low-rope contests designed to encourage teamwork and personal challenge.
On September 12, Head of School Mr. Botti and Upper School Head Mr. Reynolds hosted a breakfast for Form VI boys in the Cook Room. Class rings were distributed to the seniors who also had the opportunity to learn more about Browning's alumni program, including specifics on ways to stay involved beyond graduation and the importance of giving back. The class was pleased to hear from Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg ’01, Director of Alumni Affairs Ms. Lanigan and Director of Institutional Advancement Mr. Simon.
Browning held a school-wide Dress Down Day on Thursday, September 14 (Grade One pictured above) to support Hurricane Harvey and Irma Recovery Funds, sponsored by Donors Choose. Lower School Community Service Coordinator Ms. Coleman reported, “As a community, we believe the idea of schools helping other schools may be a place to start, since many schools lost everything in the storms, including furniture and basic supplies. Donors Choose, a site allowing teachers to request much-needed supplies for their students, will dedicate a portion of their site to Harvey and Irma relief efforts. All donations go directly to affected schools in the Texas, Louisiana and Florida area.”
On September 15, Kindergarten boys met their fourth grade “Buddies” for the first time. The older boys provide a familiar face, role model, mentor and friend for the newest members of Browning. The boys meet together once a week to share activities, including art projects, reading to one another, outings to the park and play time. Strong bonds are quickly formed between the older and younger boys, who look up to them as leaders.
Thirteen Lower School boys participated in the first chess tournament of the school year at Hunter on September 17, including four first graders. One of our third graders won 4-0 and took home the first place trophy!