“Tel” Milton: The Memories and Artifacts that Shape Identity
July 8, 2022 by
The following remarks were shared at Milton’s Toast to the Graduates of the class of 2022 by Middle School Director Lisa Schopf, Elementary School Director Arielle Derby, and Early Childhood Education Director Melissa Davis.
When we were in Israel we visited tels, mounds of earth that held within them layer upon layer of different civilizations, each holding different artifacts of the people, experiences, and lives that defined and helped create the hill that eventually emerged. As we have prepared for your graduation, you reflected on the artifacts and memories that helped define the layers that contributed to who you are. In each year of your education up until now you have added to your knowledge, your experiences, your relationships, your identity, forming the whole of who you are now, and you can look forward to continuing to accumulate the layers that comprise your whole being. And even as you grow and add to who you are and what you accomplish and learn, you will still hold within you the layers that comprised your early childhood years, your elementary school years and your middle school years. We want to each share a bit about those layers.