” Gates, N.Y. – Students and staff members at Hope Hall in Gates celebrated a milestone, as well as what they can do.
The school held its annual “Burying of I Can’ts” ceremony. The event has students write down “I can’t” statements about themselves – and then bury them.
The point of the exercise is to remind them to not say ‘I can’t” – and make them realize what they can do.
“The kids have heard all their life things they can’t do, they believe that about themselves and they just do it differently,” said Sister Diana Dolce, founder and executive director of Hope Hall. “So, we write down something that we think we can’t do, all of us do that, and then we bury it and then we plant some flowers on top of that. And as the flowers grow, we notice how we’re growing in what we can do.”Students say the exercise is empowering.
“It makes me feel really good,” said eighth grader Anna Foxsalah. “I can let go of something that’s been really bothering me and try to work on it.”
“It makes me feel I can try to do my best to do what I can’t do,” said eighth grader James Searight.
The school also celebrated its 25th anniversary Wednesday. When it originally opened, the school had 43 students and six teachers. “