We've got spirit, yes we do! On what would have been the class of 2020's Induction Dinner, welcoming them into the alumni community at Brooks, the school celebrated the class virtually, with a School Spirit Day!
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Brooksians across the world shared their school spirit and well-wishes to the soon-to-be graduates — and everyone in the Brooks community — on April 30 by wearing Brooks gear and posting photos and videos of themselves on social media, tagged #GoBrooks. Messages from members of the class of 1964 on up through the class of 2021, as well as former faculty, parents, teachers, staff, kids, dogs, and babies sang, cheered and offered empowering messages while sporting Brooks ties, bibs, socks, shirts, uniforms, sunglasses, flags, coffee mugs, banners, scarves, sweatshirts, hats, sweatpants and rally towels, of course!
"It's a shame that your senior spring was cut short, but I can attest that the Brooks experience lasts far beyond graduation day," Phil Field '05 told sixth-formers. "You'll have many opportunities over the years to stay close with the school and your classmates and friends. Stay safe in the meantime and we'll look forward to welcoming you all as our newest alumni!"
Acknowledging that this time of quarantine is "weird and difficult," Lowell Abbott '10 (below) reminded the class of 2020 that "Nothing can take away all that you've accomplished at Brooks. Know that as you prepare for graduation, you are entering the amazing community of Brooks alumni. I recommend staying in touch with your friends, attending and getting involved in all Brooks alumni things, and taking the time to remember and appreciate your time at Brooks! You've achieved a major milestone and there are people all over the world rooting for you."
Associate Director of Alumni Relations Carly Churchill '10 organized the Spirit Day outreach and says, for her, this initiative was personal. "Now more than ever, I'm realizing the importance of my various communities," the girls lacrosse coach said from her home in Beverly, Mass. "My family, my friends, my coworkers, the Brooks 1st girls lacrosse team, the list goes on. It's important to remember that although I'm not seeing these people face-to-face, they're still there for me and I'm there for them. Brooks Spirit Day signifies this connection. As a Brooks employee and alumna, I have more than 5,000 people with whom I share something in common. Spirit Day was a reminder of that."
Even prior to the event, Churchill said alumni reached out to say that there were looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate with fellow Brooksians. "Some people admitted that they need to get the next size up in Brooks gear the next time they can visit the school store," she joked. "But others emphasized how excited they were to come together, though while miles apart."
And that they did on the big day, sharing photos, videos and notes well into evening. Some groups of friends even used Spirit Day as a reason to get together in a video chat and reconnect for a while.
"Brooks is special because it is a place where people from many different backgrounds come together around a common purpose," said Churchill. "The Brooks campus and people who live, work and learn there have left such a positive impression on me. I participated in Spirit Day from a place of gratitude — and I know I'm not alone in that."
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