At The Lamplighter School, students learn that they are part of a global community.
We believe that children better develop critical thinking skills and learn to work collaboratively when they are given the opportunity to hear from diverse voices. In addition, an appreciation and understanding of the wider world gives students key skills to deal with the increasingly interconnected world of the future. The School hosts an annual International Night, featuring food, crafts, fun facts, music, and dance from countries around the world, sponsored by the Lamplighter Parents' Association. Parents also host assemblies to educate students about cultural events such as Diwali and the Lunar New Year. Over the course of the school year, students enjoy performances by Dallas Black Dance Theater and Ballet Folklorico, learn about African drum circles, watch Argentine folk dancers, celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Mardi Gras, and much more. These fun, entertaining events offer students a chance to hear directly from representatives of various cultures, fulfilling once again the Lamplighter promise of education wrapped in childhood wonder.
Lamplighter's Green Team was formed to create awareness about environmental challenges and take actions to reduce the carbon footprints of the school and the community at large. The Green Team is made up of 16 faculty and staff members, parent representatives, and one student representative. The mission of the Lamplighter Green team is to raise awareness of our present consumption, educate our community about the growing environmental challenges facing our Earth, and inspire all members to take action to help preserve our environment, our planet, and our future.
Among the initiatives planned or promoted by the Green Team in the past or that are ongoing are:
- Special Green Team assemblies in which students inform the community through skits and songs about the importance of recycling, reusing, and composting
- ColorCycle, a program launched by the Crayola company to recycle and repurpose markers
- folding@home, a Stanford University program in which users download software onto their computers and phones that allows the devices to research protein folding, which will help researchers better understand deadly diseases
- Several donation programs in conjunction with the Lamplighter Parents' Association, such as our gently used book drive, Halloween costume drive, canned food drive, as well as the winter clothes drive, which reuse and repurpose resources in a way that serves the community