All relationships-from those in the dormitory to those in the classroom, from how expectations are set to how students respond-bind and remind Eagle Hill faculty and students that they work and live together in a setting that supports and looks out for one another.
Every person that I met at Eagle Hill demonstrated a warm engagement towards one another and towards me, as a visitor. Every student greeted me with an extended hand, looked me in the eye, and inquired as to how my visit was going.
From the ground up, the entire community was fully engaged. Peter McDonald, Eagle Hill's head of school, graciously spent time with me describing the school and its growth. My hard-hat tour of the cultural center, currently under construction, reinforced the sense of community. The new cultural center will provide Eagle Hill students with opportunities to learn through experiences, and students will be able to participate in all facets of the building's operation from production to performance to financing and marketing productions. The cultural center will also allow Eagle Hill to reach further into the surrounding community.
Dr. McDonald said that the new center was designed to enhance the art program, provide students with a resident theater company run by John and Linda Tomasi, and host speakers, musicals and other events that will be open to the residents of Hardwick and surrounding towns."
I left Eagle Hill marveling at the engagement of everyone in the community. No one is left disconnected and this tone begins with an extended hand and a warm greeting when you arrive on campus.
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