When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
When life gives you a pandemic, you create a
Homecoming 2020 was a virtual event for Dock this year—a Stay-at-Home Coming, if you will, highlighted by our second Alumni Challenge, Zoom workshops for kids, a sidewalk chalk contest, and a virtual coffeehouse that was a showcase for current students from both campuses as well as accomplished alumni musicians and singers.
In the Alumni Challenge that ran all day Friday, Dock achieved its goal of 100 new donors, which meant that a quartet of teachers—Middle School teacher Mr. Nathaniel Freed, and High School teachers Mr. Zach Bower, Mr. Caleb Benner, and Mrs. Darla Bergey—all took a chilly plunge into Groff Pond.
Other Stay-at-Homecoming highlights included students creating magical designs on their sidewalk or driveway as part of the Sidewalk Chalk creativity contest;
Winners of the Sidewalk Chalk Contest:
· Best Fall Theme - Jessica LoRusso (2nd Grade)
· Most Creative - Averie Ryan (2nd Grade, below)
· Most Colorful - Macy Youssef and Zoey Fisher (7th Grade; pictured, right, with Zoey's mom Charlene)
Stay-at-Home Coming Zoom workshops hosted by current Dock students included:
- How to build a terrarium hosted by Dock junior Madelyn Lewis (left)
Senior Isabella Benner’s virtual culinary workshop in which participants baked pumpkin chocolate chip pudding cookies (above)
A workshop led by junior Laurel Latt demonstrating how to make your own lava lamp (below)
The perfect end to a great day
The Virtual Coffeehouse was a perfect way to spend a cozy Saturday evening at home and featured a wide variety of performances by current students and ensembles from both campuses, as well as Dock alumni scattered across the country. Participants demonstrated both musical skill and creativity in their recordings. Watch the entire Virtual Coffeehouse recording below.
We are grateful to Dock Director of Technology Mr. Darwin Zehr and especially to Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Jason Sprunger for their roles in assembling the videos for the Coffeehouse and getting the production livestreamed.