Since before the rap battles between our Founding Fathers (or was that only in Hamilton?, hehe), we've lived in a divided country. In fact, our nation began by declaring its independence, i.e. creating a division between itself and Great Britain. Every election year seems to emphasize our differences, and 2020 may win The Most Divided Year in History Award. From partisan politics to whether or not to mask up, Americans can't seem to agree on anything. So how do we come together?
One of the best ways is through service. Getting outside of ourselves to focus on the needs of other people works wonders for the soul. It brings us together physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Service has always been at the heart of The Foundry. My son and daughter came home from school today excited because they had spent the day serving at ASAP Empowers, a non-profit organization that refurbishes old tools before sending them to disadvantaged communities. These teenagers were dirty, scraped up, sweaty, worn out, and... happy. They had worked hard, shown kindness, and changed the world for some people in need. Once again, Foundry students had come together to make a difference.
It may seem strange for a school not affiliated with a religion to have such a profound focus on service, but to us it makes sense. The Foundry's core values emphasize strong character, stewardship of one's community, engagement with the world, and problem solving. We know that we're part of something bigger than ourselves and that we don't have to sacrifice our individuality to find our commonality. We treat people how we want to be treated, because we know that actions speak louder than words and that shared values are more powerful than differences of opinion. Finally, we recognize that serving others brings us together, and we could all use a little more togetherness right now.