Every year, Hope Hall starts the school year with the burying of the “I Can’ts” ceremony. This tradition was started 25 years ago, where each member of the Hope Hall community writes down on a piece of paper a statement of what they cannot do.
“I can’t get a friend”
“I can’t be smart”
“I can’t do this”
Then we bury each of those pieces of paper into the ground and plant flowers over them–symbolizing growth and getting rid of these negative thoughts. This is a way to start the school year with a fresh, ‘can do’ attitude.