As rolling fog enchanted campus, the GSB Lower School gathered together to experience the magic of sharing in a time-honored school tradition.
Since 1982, Lower School students, families, and faculty have join each other in October to celebrate Stone Soup Day. The GSB tradition originated from a folktale of a magic stone with the power to turn an ordinary pot of water into a hearty soup that could feed a large crowd, and serves as a moment to show students the importance of working together to help others.
To kick off the event, Kyle Armstrong, Lower and Middle School Director, and Zoe Tuohy, Lower and Middle School Dean of Academics, welcomed parents under the Todd Quad Tent to explain the significance of the day and how students were reading the folktale in class. Mr. Armstrong and Ms. Tuohy then introduced this year's group of 8th Grade Lifers (students who have been at GSB since 1st Grade) who led the full Lower School in the singing of The Stone Soup Song.
Before the soup can be made, the "magic stone" must first be dropped in the pot. As in previous years, 8th Grade Lifers took turns passing the stone to the youngest student at GSB, who then placed it in the soup pot. The passing of the stone stone symbolizes the importance that GSB puts on community. One of the 8th Grade Lifers, CeCe Criscola, once had this honor when she was the youngest student in GSB many years ago.
After the stone was dropped, each class took turns coming down to the pot to drop off their donated items, which GSB's Dining Team then transforms into a vegetable "Stone Soup" to be served later at lunch in the Dining Hall. Keeping with tradition, extra donated items were then delivered to the Chester Mendham Food Pantry to kick off GSB's service-learning program and continue the magic of the day.
GSB 8th Grade Lifers: