Harvey newcomers got their first taste of a longtime Harvey tradition when the school celebrated its 101st Founders Day, Thursday, March 9.
“There is a tradition here at Harvey that honors the youngest boy and youngest girl in the school,” said Head of School Bill Knauer. “We call it Founders Day and it’s usually observed just before spring vacation.” And so, with that brief introduction, the first-year Head of School conducted his first Founders Day ceremony.
This year Founders Day was slightly different. Rather than celebrate it at the traditional Monday morning meeting, Harvey held it while the assembly of students, staff and parents of poetry contest finalists awaited the return of the judges who were behind closed doors deciding the winners of the annual Michael Lopes Poetry Recitation Contest.
Mr. Knauer briefly shared Harvey’s history including how and when the then boy’s school was started by Dr. Herbert S. Carter and his wife, Mabel in 1916 in Hawthorne. He told of the school’s move to the Katonah campus in 1959 and of opening its doors to girls in the 1980s.
When the traditional sheet cake was brought out, Mr. Knauer invited the youngest students in the school to cut the first pieces. Three more newcomers participated firsthand in the ceremony as sixth-graders Olivia Quinn, Madison Langley-McKnight and Clayton Collum came onstage to cut the cake. Since Olivia and Madison share the same birth dates, they were both honored along with Clayton, Harvey’s youngest boy.
In keeping with tradition, the rest of the student body enjoyed the cake as a lunchtime dessert.