Pajama pants? Check. Bathrobe? Check. Slippers? Check. It was the Friday before winter break, which means it was time for Meridian’s Annual Pajama-Bathrobe-Slipper Day. On this festive occasion, students and faculty celebrate a long trimester of hard work by attending school in their comfiest and silliest sleepwear. Dinosaur-printed sweatpants, koala-bear onesies, and long-forgotten bathrobes roamed the halls all day long. After a morning of classes, the community gathered for the day’s culminating event: the Craftacular. Each student and teacher drew the name of another community member out of a hat and was tasked with secretly creating a gift for them. This year featured a wide range of options, including felt scarves, wood burning, lemon soap scrub, jewelry, sock snowmen, and picture frames. Students wandered from station to station, carefully creating personalized items for their giftee. Donuts and cider were passed around to keep energy and creativity flowing, and at the end of the day, gifts and hugs were exchanged as a community-written “Craftacular Carol” was read to the whole school. Thanks to everyone for another spectacular Craftacular!
On May 29th, seven researchers presented their Junior Year Research Projects, the final element of a year's worth of research, writing, and interviews. Research topics included women's representation in comic books, the influence of social media on adolescents with depression, and a comparison between the civil rights protests of the 1960s to those occurring today. To showcase their work, students generated original documentaries, autobiographical graphic novels, and animated public service announcements. Check out some of their projects here. Excellent work, researchers!