From Andra Lefkovits:
I have been thinking that having children is as much about letting go as it is about holding on. In fact, for almost every milestone in our children’s lives we have to let go. For example, when they take their first steps, or when we finally let go of the back of their bike and, yes of course in a metaphorical way, when they graduate.
My daughter learned this is how you develop the integrity needed to live your best life. It is this kind of brave, fierce, compassionate integrity that the world needs so much more of and that is the gift that Davis gave my daughter.
From Suzanne Friedman:
As a parent of a child who just graduated eighth grade, I can’t believe the journey is over. Nine years ago, my husband and I made the decision to start our child’s journey at the Davis Academy. As first time parents and unsure of what our child would need, we decided that Davis seemed like a good fit for Halli. Little did we know how this place would shape our daughter’s life.
That first year was a rocky start. There were four different teachers over the course of one year. Who knew that Jordan Gerston would be Halli’s third kindergarten TA and then become her chaperone in Israel? Regardless of who was teaching that year, the one thing they all had in common was that they knew and loved my Halli. That common thread did not change over the course of the next eight years. The teachers at The Davis Academy loved my daughter for who she was and helped her become the person she is today. Opportunities like running for class mayor and presenting at the wax museum enabled her to build confidence at a young age. Reading torah and learning about Israel helped her love of Judaism grow. The projects, book reports, roots tests and so much more taught Halli to manage her time and work hard. Halli was constantly pushed to think and question the world around her. Now that you have all done your job, I get the pleasure of continuing to raise my daughter; a confident, poised, and creative child who knows her place in this world. I cannot thank you enough for the time you spent educating my child in so many ways that go beyond the textbook. She will take bits and pieces of each of you as she heads out into the real world. Halli’s Davis journey will be a part of her life forever. Thank you for guiding her through it.