Students hiked, developed outdoors skills, learned about personal leadership, and bonded with their classmates on Saturday, September 16, for the first in a series of Pelican Days during the 2017–18 school year.
Pelican Days are built into the school calendar as a way to provide enrichment programing in support of the academic curricula on selected Saturdays.
On their first Pelican Day, the freshman class gathered for breakfast followed by a group hike at nearby Talcott Mountain State Park. Sophomores participated in outdoor and nature-related activities, including canoeing, open-air cooking, nature-inspired writing, and wooden birdhouse crafting.
Chris Mattei '96 spoke to the junior class about leadership before kicking off an "unconference," in which students took an active role in personal leadership skills development. Seniors were given the time to devote to the college application process, including visiting colleges, working on their applications, and honing their college essays.