When parents toured Melrose Leadership Academy during the current school year, many asked about our after school program. Parents, grandparents and guardians asked if our students learned about different cultures. We were asked if our children were engaged and challenged. Most people wondered if there were enough physical activity.
Nobody asked if the parents were expected to dance at our twice annual Expos. Until Wednesday night, I am not sure if we had been and since I am scared to dance, I probably would have remembered. My daughter would have remembered, because she is scared to watch me dance.
When the older folks were too slow to move onto the stage, the younger people moved down onto the floor and we became more comfortable. (I think we enjoyed ourselves.) I often tell prospective families, Melrose Leadership is not for everyone. We are often pushed past our comfort zone into something magical.
We nudge our children early into the inevitable zone of discomfort, because we know something special awaits them. The kindergarten group nervously adjusted their hats before their first performance. The kids fidgeted. They noticed that the performance was different than rehearsal. On stage they were often frightened.
By the second and third grade, the performers are excited. They anticipate the inevitable magic. In the other photos from backstage, you can see how the students help each other prepare. The adults also show our young people how to move through the difficult spaces of discomfort.
Please view the photos from the performance at this link. I may edit some of them, because now there are more than 100, and that is a lot of photos. If you notice some obvious error, please send me a message directly.
Also, since I am the MLA Historian, I would appreciate comments on all Melrose Leadership posts, either on my blog posts or the Melrose Leadership Facebook page.