As Project: Pomfret finally begins, anticipation and excitement overwhelm the community. Twenty-nine unique groups have begun meeting, creating smiling faces throughout each building. Centennial glistens like the soft snowflakes dwindling upon its roof, ready to partake in new adventures. Students crowd the classrooms, showing teachers their captivating ideas on diversity, how to build an effective dam, or studying the history of lacrosse. The second floor of Centennial is filled with discussions on the Middle East, which is only distracted by the heated debate next door on the Israeli-Palestine conflict. In the Monell Science building, a group is making biodiesel to fuel the physical plant, while another is studying the “next big idea.” The shadows of the woods are filled with the sounds of saws and nails while students take on the daunting task of building a bridge. The white, pallid, snowflakes resting innocently on the pathways, are soon crunched by the soles of feet rushing across campus to the dance studio. The electronic thump fills their ears as they tell their story through movement. Flashes from cameras light up the murky night sky like lightning bolts, as students capture star trails at the school’s observatory. Sponge cake is cooking in Mrs. Mulcahy’s house, taste buds are satisfied and their cultural understanding of food is expanded. Grasping their journals tight, students scurry to the squash courts to see unnerving snakes slither in circles and are encouraged by JP and Mr. Pinkowski to write and paint about their observations. Some groups venture off campus to learn from Pomfret students who have come before them. Others travel to Washington D.C, attending conferences to discuss diversity at independent schools; while some visit the NBC-CT newscast and are shown the ropes of being live on TV. All over campus Project Pomfret is producing creativity in various different forms, inspiring students as well as teachers to meet new thrilling goals.
Visit the Project: Pomfret webpage for details on this new initiative at Pomfret School.