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By Lou Salza

Our Upper School Students of the Month for May were recognized by the faculty for their Compassion – an important ingredient in any community, but particularly important in a community that supports learning for students who have struggled in the past.

One of our honorees has been at Lawrence since primary school, others have been here two to four years.

When asked what compassion was and why their teachers viewed them as compassionate, our Students of the Month were so insightful and candid. They spoke of caring for others, helping others whenever possible, and keeping love in your heart.

Since there is no course on Compassion in our study guide, I asked our honorees where they think they learned compassion. It turns out we learn compassion from family members – siblings and parents – and from simply learning to respond to people close to us. Listening carefully and attentively was a strong indicator of compassion.

Our Students of the Month for May, like other groups this year, noted how much they value the way the Lawrence school community accepts and values each individual. They mentioned small classes where teachers can help them if they become confused. They described that how at Lawrence their learning differences are no longer a cause for anxiety or failure.

One student described the school as being like a family. Another was relieved to find that she was not bullied here.

I am so impressed by our young people, who approach their lives and their work as learners in the school with such thoughtful deliberation and care. It seems to me that their past struggles give them a mature outlook on themselves and others. They appreciate each other and the part each can play in making school a safe, comfortable place for taking risks to learn, grow and change.

Congratulations to our May Students of the Month for their Compassion!


Lou Salza is the Head of School at Lawrence School. He began teaching in 1973 in the Philadelphia Public Schools. Prior to joining Lawrence School in July of 2007, Lou served for 11 years as Head of School for ASSETS School for Gifted, Dyslexic and Gifted-Dyslexic students in Honolulu. For eight years prior to that, Lou was the Assistant Principal of the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School. He also served in various positions over 13 years at Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts. He can be contacted at lsalza@lawrenceschool.org

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