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The Society of Skeptics welcomes Newark-based minister, scholar and community activist Nyle Fort on October 25 for an in-depth discussion of the issues faced by New Jersey’s most-populous city. Dedicated to “global transformative justice,” Mr. Fort has worked in education, criminal justice and youth development for a decade and was one of many community leaders who participated in the Ferguson, Missouri, protests following the death of African American teenager Michael Brown.
Blairstown resident Tanner Humphrey ’19 was eight years old when his mother was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer in 2008. Melanie, a radiology nurse, was given only months to live, yet she bravely fought her illness for four years. Tanner recalls how grateful he, his father, Craig, and his brother, Logan ’20, were for the many friends and neighbors who pitched in during that long, hard battle; since his mother’s passing, he has considered how to memorialize her legacy of caring for others as well as help families facing the excruciating challenge of a lung cancer diagnosis.
Endowed scholarships are an important source of financial support for many deserving Blair students, and on October 7, the School celebrated the impact of scholarship philanthropy at its annual Scholarship Dessert Social. Head of School Chris Fortunato and his wife, Erin, welcomed this year’s 105 recipients of named, endowed scholarships, as well as several generous donors, to Sharpe House for conversation, cookies and the opportunity to learn from one another just how meaningful the gift of scholarship can be.
Watch online as the Bucs battle Notre Dame at home on Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Head of School Chris Fortunato began the school year at Convocation by encouraging students to be “builders rather than cynics” and to “look up more often than down.” Acknowledging that this is not always easy, he shared advice at Chapel on October 6 on remaining positive and “picking up the pieces” when faced with life’s inevitable disappointments. The key, he explained, is to find your team and allow others to help you rebuild.
Nick Labar, director of business development at Foundations Wellness Center, was scheduled to join the Blair community on October 18 to discuss “Drug Addiction: 2016” at the Society of Skeptics. The program has been canceled.
Watch the varsity field hockey team battle High Point in the Bowl on Monday, October 17 at 4:15 p.m.
Blair students and faculty are encouraging members of the Blair and greater community to donate used bikes as part of its annual Pedals for Progress (P4P) collection in October. Every bicycle that is collected will then be reconditioned and distributed at low cost to impoverished working adults in developing countries around the globe. The collection, which was established at Blair in the 1990s, will also be taking up children’s bikes, as well as sewing machines.
Catch all the action online in real time as varsity girls' soccer faces Pennington at home at Tuesday, October 11 at 4:15 p.m.
With harvest season underway in northwest New Jersey, “Building a Resilient Local Food System” was the topic for discussion at the October 11 Society of Skeptics. Kendrya Close, executive director of the Blairstown-based nonprofit Foodshed Alliance, addressed the Blair community on the many benefits of shifting from our current industrialized, globalized food system to one that highlights locally grown and produced foods.
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