Posted by: Paul Lovaas | August 22, 2013

Community at Play

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Classes are off to a roaring start here at Conserve School and Lowenwood is alive with the last days of summer. As the students of CS7 get acquainted with their new school, their new schedules, and, of course, their new friends, they are quickly finding that daily life here in the Northwoods can be intellectually demanding and quite busy. Between the myriad orientation sessions, study hours, house meetings, and the hustle and bustle of community meals, it can be challenging during these first days of the new semester to find time to relax, unwind, and play.

Luckily, and thanks to the efforts of everyone in our Conserve School community, from the Head of School to Graduate Fellows, to a few enterprising students, there has been no shortage of extracurricular opportunities. Whether it’s biking into Land O’ Lakes to get ice cream at the Dairi Maid, going for an afternoon swim, or just watching a movie in the Lowenwood Recreation Center, our students are finding ways to unwind and decompress, while still continuing to engage in community. I’m happy to say that I haven’t had one idle afternoon yet as a part of CS7. Ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag, soccer, and other physical activities have provided us with opportunities to run off extra energy after long days of class and work. On the other side of things, if life has us feeling overwhelmed and we want to relax, we can turn to student-led yoga classes, nature walks, or just hanging out with the adorable dogs on campus.

It’s been wonderful to have such a variety of after-school activities to choose from here at Conserve School. As Field Instruction class continues, and students build and refine more outdoor skills like canoeing, rock climbing, and mountain biking, I trust that our leisure time will only become more and more exciting and diverse.  So far, the activities, games, and other forms of relaxation or play we’ve chosen, have helped cement the bonds of friendship, and have worked to reinvigorate us as students and as community members. As the late, great playwright George Bernard Shaw put it, “we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” So play on, wherever you are, in whatever community you find yourself in!

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