Let us follow her example by leading impactful, meaningful lives. Let us leave our mark on this world as she has.
Today, students officially returned to school and gathered in an All-School Assembly where they were addressed by Dr. Emily Cate Tidwell '75, Board of Trustees Chair. "It is so good to have you all back here after a very long weekend. It is good to be together and to draw strength from each other," Tidwell said. "To honor [Dr. Balmer], let us focus on her life and all she brought to it: her vibrancy, her full engagement, and her love and her warmth. Let us follow her example by leading impactful, meaningful lives. Let us leave our mark on this world as she has," Tidwell said.
The student body later had access to Harpeth Hall's counseling team, as well as at least 14 additional counselors from other Nashville schools who volunteered to support our girls. The Nashville school community has been exceedingly generous, offering even the use of their school buses to transport our students to Dr. Balmer's Memorial service on Friday. Harpeth Hall and its broad community remains committed to standing together through this extraordinary time.
The girls spent time on campus today in activities that helped them express their love for Dr. Balmer. Below are photos from campus.
Students walk to morning Assembly.
Dr. Emily Cate Tidwell '75 addressed the students.
Students sing "Stand in Strength" by Suzi Ragsdale '82.
Students decorate the sidewalks and walls around the Senior House and on campus with sidewalk chalk.
Thy Beauty Crowns the Hill.
Athletics continue this afternoon.
The Balmer family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations honoring the extraordinary impact of Dr. Balmer's leadership as Head of School be directed to Harpeth Hall. Therefore, a memorial fund at Harpeth Hall has been established honoring Dr. Balmer's life. Donations may be made online or mailed to the Harpeth Hall Advancement Office at 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN, 37215.