I must admit that I've never thought of Halloween as much more than my only opportunity during the year to satisfy my Candy Corn addiction. Our students probably had similar thoughts until this past week.
Clay Smythe presided over a special Monday Assembly. Instead of the Dunavant Lecture Hall, our usual assembly spot, we convened at the outdoor amphitheatre behind the Fisher Fine Arts Wing. The weather cooperated and the students assembled, not quite sure what to expect.
What greeted them was Mr. Smythe and a bagpiper. Yes, a bagpiper. The sound was amazing, carrying all the way back to the Lower School. For most of our students, this was probably the first time they'd ever heard the bagpipes played in person.
After the musical introduction, Clay told the students about something else noteworthy about October 31st (beyond Candy Corn). On 1517, that was the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church. Mr. Smythe then went on to explain not only the religious significance of that event (birth of Protestantism), but how that event also served as a catalyst for freedom movements that led to revolutions in France and the United States.
Mr. Smythe then had our guest bagpiper conclude assembly with Amazing Grace. I was never aware of this other meaning of October 31st, and after today's assembly won't soon forget it. I expect the students won't forget it either.