Written by Chris Bateman, Houseparent, Dad, Art Teacher,
During the time of harvest in Canada it is tradition to gather with friends and family and give thanks for all we are grateful for. While this started as simply being grateful for food and security, in our modern and very privileged world it is an opportunity to recognize that we are not fundamentally owed all that we have – much of what we have is because of good luck and the generosity of others.
In this light, as the boarding community gathered to feast, the faculty, staff and school administration served a delicious traditional turkey dinner to the students. While this was unbelievable for some students, it was a way for us to show our appreciation to the students for all the hard work they put into making this school such a wonderful place. The students themselves each brought a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank, reflecting this same spirit of giving. During the dinner, each student thought of something they were most grateful for and wrote it down on an autumn-themed piece of paper. The resulting display of leaves showed that ultimately, despite all the trivialities of technology and entertainment, we all recognize the importance of family and the opportunity of education.
As Mr. Driscoll asked trivia questions about harvest celebrations around the world and as students from across the globe celebrated together, I was reminded of how fundamental these things are: security, family and opportunity. To all the parents of Bolton Boys: I know your sons are grateful for all you have provided them with. Thank you!