Eighth-graders learn about the African American experience during the Jim Crow era

Last week, eighth-graders heard from two generations of the Reese family about their experiences in the South during the Jim Crow era.

James Reese II—father of eighth-grader Ishan and sixth-grader Ayanthi—discussed his frequent experiences of being turned away from establishments due to the color of his skin. Grandfather James Reese I (born in 1924) spoke about conversing with Martin Luther King Jr., participating in the March on Washington, and hearing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Reese’s message: be yourself, and do what you can to help ensure that others have the opportunity to be themselves.

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Great book ideas for the holiday season

Waynflete librarians Emily Graham and Laurel Daly have put together a selection of books that will inspire a love of reading!


Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2

  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
  • I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

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24-hour playwriting festival

For the fourth year in a row, Upper School theatre students hosted a celebration of instant and spontaneous creativity in the Franklin Theatre.

At 4:00 p.m. last Friday, playwriting prompts created by Waynflete students went out by email to students from Deering, Morse, Kennebunk, and Scarborough High Schools. The task: write a short play overnight to stand on its feet with actors and audience the very next day! Thirteen plays emerged. All had the same prop (a single sock), the same location (an airport), and the same line of dialogue (“That’s how they do it in Maine”).

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