Life as we know it has changed. Amid chaos and worry, we have seen incredible creativity, innovation, and dogged determination from the SteppingStone Community. To parents, caregivers, and teachers: you all have been an inspiration, doing the best that anyone can hope for in this isolated environment. We see you, we hear you, and we are awed by you. Now, we are rolling out a summer plan to support you.
We have invested in Virtual Studios for over two months. We have been running this style of classes for pre-K through high school since March. Through these classes, we have learned how to run exceptional Virtual Studios, ensuring that our students have access to art-making (and parents have access to alone time). The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
We are doing what theatre does best, virtually. Seeing these Student Artists’ work, energy, and hope has reminded us that theatre is more than a play for a room full of people. Theatre is creating connections and building community. Theatre is imagining new possibilities together and then making them real. It’s a dynamic and energetic experience of now, reminding us that we are all connected, and no one is alone. When young people create together, they can make the world a better place.
We are thinking about the summer in two chunks of time. Recently, we surveyed SteppingStone families to learn about how you’re thinking about the summer and what you need from SteppingStone. Our biggest takeaway was that most of you are thinking of summer in two chunks of time: June to mid-July and Mid-July through August. So we’re thinking of it that way, too!
Thank you to all of the families – over 150 of you – who participated in our survey to understand what you, the SteppingStone Community, need right now. Your feedback has made all of the difference as we plan for the summer.
Based on everything we know from you, our students, medical experts, and our government, here’s the plan:
For families currently enrolled in camps:
We are SteppingStone, and we are finding new ways to create, together.