At Summit Christian Academy’s Upper School, scholé is visible and tangible in many ways. In the café area there are comfy chairs to sit down and catch up with friends, puzzles on a table to collaborate with others in finding that “right” piece, or origami paper and instructions for those that relax by creating with their minds and hands. Students can enjoy these respites before school, during the morning break, during lunch, or after school before sports practices begin.
What’s the result of these simple yet engaging activities? Significantly less cell phone use, more conversations with peers, and increased interactions with teachers outside of the classroom. Then there’s that sweet moment of smiling and laughing with other students or teachers and not shouldering the stress of the day. That, coupled with the refreshing and re-energized attitude from a few moments of scholé, provides pleasant endorphins ready for the challenges that the rest of the day may bring.
Dana S Tumminello is the Director of Admissions & Marketing at Summit Christian Academy. She has served at Summit in various capacities for 15 years.