Building a school is a long, curvy, wobbly process.
There are hurdles to be soared over, and potential potholes everywhere.
We recently stumbled into a pothole. In planning our first fundraiser, we thought a lot about a lot- we looked at our large open space and considered vendors, food, and entertainment. We thought about parking and invitations. What we forgot to think about was the traffic.
Our fundraiser has the potential to draw a number of cars- and we owe it to our neighbors to have a rock solid plan for managing the potential traffic… and to build a rock solid plan, we need a bit more time.
We want to be good neighbors. That’s why we’ve decided to relocate/postpone our Lift-Off! event.
Make no mistake- we will celebrate on May 4th… but we will celebrate in a way that makes sense for all involved:
- Tethered hot air balloon rides will be replaced (for now!) by an internationally renowned balloon sculpting team and a raffle for a private balloon flight
- Instead of food trucks, we will have Rob at the grill (because who doesn’t want a burger cooked by Rob Shamitz?)
- The silent auction will go on (and we have some great stuff!)… inside the S4L gym
- Seriously awesome S4L student performances will be subbed in for bands
- There will still be bounce houses… because there are always bounce houses.
We will share more and more information about our awesome-albeit-modified event in the coming days.
Here’s what I need you to know: I whole-heartedly feel this is the best plan of action for our fundraiser. It is incredibly important to me that we are thoughtful and respectful to our neighbors in East Bridgewater. I have absolutely zero frustration over having to change the venue of event- well, I guess that's not entirely true. I am slightly frustrated with myself for not thinking through a traffic plan. Sometimes my enthusiasm and "get things done" nature makes me work a little too quickly for my own good. I share this "oops" openly for two reasons...
1) I think taking responsibility for (even well intentioned!) mistakes is really, really important, and 2) I always want my students and families to get that no one is perfect- and even people in the helping field make (sometimes many!) mistakes.
I sincerely hope you will join us at Skills for Living on May 4th for a pretty awesome event...
The Chapman Farm School
Down to Earth Celebration!
Sunday May 4, 2014
Hosted by Skills for Living
76 Accord Park Drive
Norwell, MA 02061
For tickets and information, please call the Skills for Living front desk at 781-584-7098