The Creed Comes Home

The Creed Comes Home

Friday, April 7, 2017

The school creed provides a starting point for habit-building at school, but parents tell us that they see their children live by the creed at home, as well. We asked what this looks like.

Ilaura Walker's children bring the creed home, and now the
whole family uses it in conversations.

Ilaura Walker, mother of fourth grader Shane and first grader Ava

“I picked Ava up from school one day, and she told me she had been talking about compassion and integrity with one of her classmates. She even explained to me three examples of compassion: listen carefully, speak kindly, and care for my community. She was so passionate about it! I kept thinking, ‘Where did those words come from?’ Then I remembered, it’s from the creed! They really have it ingrained in their hearts.”

“My children have especially embraced the lines, ‘I am bold and creative’ and ‘I don’t give up.’ Ava is more confident in her work and she’s stopped second guessing herself so often. She enjoys being creative in her artwork and working with new materials. Meanwhile, I have seen Shane become much more focused since coming to Harlem Academy. The creed taught him the value of determination and making the most of each day.”

Chris Middleton, father of seventh grader Malik and fourth grader Malachi

“What our family likes most about the creed is that each line is usable. We post it on the refrigerator at home. During teachable moments with our kids, my wife and I relate any situation to one of the pillars. We ask them, ‘Which pillar do you think this situation relates to – integrity, determination, compassion, or initiative?’ I think that’s something that all families can do. It ties the home life into the school life. The creed is not only for the school community. It can be incorporated into daily life.”

The school creed and pillars are visible in
every room at Harlem Academy.

Mr. Middleton also believes that Harlem Academy’s emphasis on determination has helped his younger son become more independent and self-directed. “Malachi needed a little extra encouragement to stay on top of his studies. He has gotten more responsible since coming to Harlem Academy. He’s learning to take care of his work and never give up.”


Jennifer Gomilla, mother of eighth grader Paulina and seventh grader Rose

“Showing initiative, having integrity, being compassionate – those are the things that we as parents hope to instill in our children. It’s nice to have these ideas reinforced at school. It helps them to be good people.”

“Outside of school, Paulina is involved in a swim team, which is a real commitment. She shows determination there, and compassion for her teammates. Both of our girls work really hard. The workload has increased as they’ve gotten older, but they have a good work ethic. Like the creed says, they never give up.”