Perkins School for the Blind held its first day of school on Tuesday, officially kickstarting the new academic year across its Lower School, Secondary and Deafblind Programs.
In all, more than 180 students are ready to begin or continue their own educational journeys this year, as Perkins gears up to celebrate its 190th anniversary.
But the first day of school at Perkins represents so much more than just a return to class. Rather, the start of every new year here is uniquely meaningful, at once representative of the strides students have already made since beginning their learning, and of the opportunity ahead, to empower themselves, to socialize and to grow as people. And that’s always cause for celebration.
“The first day of school is one of my favorite days. I love the energy, I love walking around campus,” said Ed Bosso, Superintendent and Executive Director of Educational Programs. “It just brings a great sense of hope and energy to make changes in students’ lives, to engage them, learn from them and be teaching them all at the same time.”
That sentiment was echoed throughout campus on Tuesday and, in fact, could be felt all of the last week leading up to it, as teachers arrived early for orientation, classroom preparation and curriculum building.
“What I love about Perkins is that we educate the whole student,” said Sue Sullivan, a teacher in the Secondary Program. “We have great teaching in the classroom, then there are always opportunities for students to learn and grow outside the classroom.”
Indeed, throughout the year students will have ample opportunity to involve themselves in athletics, music, cooking, horticulture, art and myriad other diverse educational and skill building activities that define the comprehensive Perkins curriculum. But of course, as it does every year for every student, it all starts with the first day of school.