Connecting the past and present

Homecoming weekend brings memorable reunions for alumni at Landon. It is also a time for some exciting first-time connections. The Class of 1972 is set to meet Lower School Bears after exchanging handwritten letters. 

Grade 3 and 4 students finished the 2021-22 school year with a letter writing assignment with a goal of connecting with Bears who graduated 50 years ago.  

“Each boy was assigned one of the Grizzly bears to write a letter to, discussing things like sports at Landon, favorite events, some of their classes and overall, their favorite part of the school year,” Grade 4 Teacher Paige Brennan explained.  

The boys looked through Landon yearbooks to see who they were writing to before putting pen to paper.  

“This is a really fun exercise for our Lower School boys. It’s also very rewarding for our alumni to interact with the next generation of Bears,” said Mike McCabe, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. “In some cases, this will be the first time alumni have set foot inside the Lower School since they were students. It’s an opportunity for them to tell stories about what Landon was like when they were here 50 years ago. It's a chance for them to give advice to the boys and highlight which of the school's traditions are most meaningful to them.” 

Brennan said building brotherhood through connections like these is such an integral part of the Landon experience.  

“We think it is a good way to connect the past and present. … We hope it is a way for the boys to connect with these alumni and learn more about the differences between the time at Landon in 1972 and 2022,” Brennan said.  

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