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Video: Behind the Scenes for a First Day of School Tradition

The first day of school includes a very special tradition for families at The Haverford School.

Each year, The Haverford School opens with seniors walking hand-in-hand with kindergarteners through the Walk of Virtues, ushering them into the community. In this video, Haverford parents Garth Hoyt (Haverford School Class of 1989) and Heather Hoyt, who watched their son take part in this tradition as a kindergarten boy, reflect on what it meant to watch him today, as he starts the first day of his Senior year.


Haverford Senior, Jackson Overton-Clark also shared his appreciation for the first day of school tradition, his teachers, and The Walk of Virtues, which is inscribed with the School’s 24 core virtues. These virtues reinforce the characteristics that define a Haverford School graduate.


This pre-k though grade 12 all boys school on the Main Line strives to create and nurture a supportive and inclusive community in which boys will develop a passion for lifelong learning, creative problem-solving, and good decision making.


The Haverford School supports the Main Line Parent community.



Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you:


1. What’s one special memory you have from your (or your child’s) first day of school?


2. What routines or traditions does your family incorporate to develop character?


Share as much detail as you can in the comments below. Remember, thousands of incredible Main Line parents come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to hear today.



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