On this Thanksgiving eve, Headmaster Chris Post expresses his gratitude to the Boys' Latin community. And it goes without saying that the community is grateful for Mr. Post, his leadership, compassion, dedication and love for the School and the boys.
November 25, 2020
Dear Boys’ Latin Alumni, Families and Friends,
As we head into the Thanksgiving recess following a full, rewarding and inspirational three months here on campus, I want to take a moment and express my appreciation to you. As this year has been unlike any other, I am overwhelmed with an abiding sense of gratitude for our community.
Thanks to the lower schooler who shared a note with me yesterday, as classes were wrapping up before the vacation. He emailed me that “…I am grateful for making this school keep running during this Covid mess. This school made me a good man. These boys are brothers to me.”
This young man and his peers, whether on campus or learning virtually, would not have had as meaningful a fall were it not for the extraordinary efforts of our entire faculty and staff. Learning new and different ways of teaching, constantly shifting between in-person and remote learning, and adapting to the many challenges of this dynamic environment has certainly tested us. Yet, the long hours and late nights have only deepened our resolve and commitment. The adults in our community have worked tirelessly, with creativity and boundless determination, to ensure that each and every boy continues to learn, to stretch and to grow. To my colleagues, I express my appreciation and admiration.
We pride ourselves on building enduring personal relationships, and, throughout the fall, I have seen strong friendships form among old and new students alike. Incidental conversations, now behind a mask and six feet apart, continue to reinforce our shared values that reflect the bonds of brotherhood throughout our community. Our boys care for and about one another. Dare I say; our boys express gratitude now more freely than ever before; they delight in simply being in one another’s company, whether in person or virtually. Our classrooms and hallways, our outdoor learning spaces and lunches on the lawn, have been alive with the happy noise of friendship, laughter and especially, the good work being done. To all of our boys, I say thank you. Thank you for your cheerfulness, for your optimism, and for each of you doing your part to make Boys’ Latin so special.
None of this would be possible without the unparalleled support of our alumni, families and friends. You have lent a hand at every turn. Your kind words, your thoughtful notes, your calls and messages, and, most especially, your patience and support enable us to continue the life-changing work of educating boys and forming good, young men, and I thank you for your on-going trust.
So, while this year has been unlike any other, one thing remains the same. Our board president, Geoff Brent ’77, recently remarked that “Boys’ Latin has always been about the people.” Each of you makes Boys’ Latin the extraordinary community it is. Challenges lie ahead, but our shared commitment to one another, and our dedication to our boys, will continue to see us through.
Though this Thanksgiving holiday will, for so many of us, be different than previous years, my wish for you remains the same – I wish each of you good health and good humor, and the warmth of family and friends, even if separated by distance. Take good care of yourselves and take good care of one another.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving,
Christoper J. Post