Top: Sizyèm and Senkyèm (U.S. 7th and 8th grade) students compete in a broom balancing competition; Kencia Pierre (LCS ’09) supervises students in the LCS library during Study Hour. Bottom: LCS Head of Maintenance, Patrick Faustin adds the correct ratio of sand, cement, aggregate and water to the cement mixer; Timothy Moynihan, Philo (senior +1) student balances on a ladder as he passes cement to the second floor during Monday’s wall pour; Students pray together at the Evening Meeting before study.
It is a bit trite to point out that life is a balancing act, but it is. Here at LCS, students balance academics with sports and other extracurricular activities. They succeed [and fail at times] to balance studying and socializing, which is why we have night proctors. Probably their most difficult balancing act is meeting the immediate needs of their families without negatively impacting their future ability to help as employed professionals.
Here are some statements on what balance means to our students.
Samuel Cangé, Rheto (U.S. 12th grade): Balance means making things equal, having equilibrium. Symoblically, balance is about giving the right amount of weight to different parts of your life. When you have balance, everything is in order.
Christie St. Croix, Segond (U.S. 11th grade): For me, balance means that I spend time with all of the people I care about. I spend time with my family when I am at home, and at LCS I spend time with my brothers and sisters at LCS. I also spend time with my student in Ekòl Ankourajman and the children in Koukouy Sen Kler.
Patrice Kendal, Rheto (U.S. 12th grade): Life here is balanced in the way we live. We don't have too much of one thing and forget another. We go to school, have time to talk with friends. We don't have too much play and not enough work. Or too much class and not enough work. Living here, we have a little of each to keep our lives balanced.
Possibly the most difficult balancing act in life for us all is balancing what we do for others and what we do for ourselves. In that one category, it is better to be out of kilter--isn't it?