lower school at homecoming 2017by Dr. Bill Hudson, Head of School

I am showing my age and asking you to perhaps share yours. Growing up in the 70s, that phrase is very familiar to me. I heard it an inordinately, embarrassing number of times, sprawled on the living room floor, watching reruns of the “Beverly Hillbillies” television show. It is not proper English for a number of reasons and it may well be a stereotype of the South, but I think it conveys a family-like warmth and means, “We all belong here.”

“We All Belong Here” is the message of homecoming at MPA and the reason we celebrate all next week, culminating in a day-long celebration on Saturday, September 29. At many schools, homecoming pertains only to older students, athletes, and alumni. At MPA, homecoming is an inclusive, community-wide celebration. Throughout the week, and on Saturday, students of all ages will take part in the festivities. Parents, grandparents, and all family members are invited to join in the fun. It is for all of us.

Whether you are a parent cheering on your athlete, an Upper School student competing, a Lower School student excited for the bouncy houses, or an alum coming back to celebrate a milestone reunion, this is an opportunity to support and celebrate MPA. Come home to connect with us and one another, and to celebrate MPA.

Homecoming week is a wonderful way to celebrate who we are, where we come from, and where we are going together. Y’all come back now. You hear?!

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