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Round Tables in the Cafeteria Promote a Sense of Community
Posted on 08/21/2018
Stevens scholars enjoy the convivial atmosphere in the cafeteria Eleuia Richardson, a fourth grader in Ms. Nikodym's class explains why she likes the new round tables in the Stevens cafeteria, "You can sit with anybody and you can meet new people."
Round tables were installed in the Stevens cafeteria in time for the the beginning of the school year as part of a school-wide effort to cultivate caring leaders of tomorrow.
Inspired by the communal atmosphere of the Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School cafeteria, in which each member of the table is welcomed and included, Principal McManus ordered the new tables to bolster empathy, respect and citizenship among students. 
Not only are the tables an investment in students, but are intended to accommodate families who wish to eat lunch with their children.  "We ordered enough tables to provide space for family and community members to join their children and to use the tables for community events", says Principal McManus. 
" I like them because, they are really cool and new!" that's according to Hugo Reinoso, a fifth grader in Ms. Cowles' class.  "You can sit by new people and make new friends."  
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