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Educating Minds, Changing Lives
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On a chilly day in April, the students and staff of The Lotus School spent time taking in some of the cultural sights in Bethlehem, PA. They began the morning at the Colonial Industrial Quarter with a tour guide from the Historic Bethlehem Partnership who showed the group where the original founders of the city built their homes, mills, and other buildings that sustained their community. Students were especially fascinated to see how the water wheel pumped water from the Monocacy Creek uphill to the water tower that supplied the entire town.

Since the day was a little too cold to process their experience outdoors, the group gathered in a meeting room in the Bethlehem Public Library to discuss what they had seen on the tour. Students made connections with the lifestyle of the Moravian settlers to their own lives and how the history formed there in Bethlehem has influenced the surrounding area today.


From the library, the group walked across the Philip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge, looking at the river’s vantage point of the Bethlehem Steel buildings on their way to the Banana Factory Arts Center. Kate, one of the current students at The Lotus School has worked with an artist in residence at the Banana Factory and was proud to show her teachers and fellow students around the complex. The students were able to talk with a resident stained-glass artist who has had studio space there since the beginning of the art center. He talked with the students about his current work, answered their questions about making art, and shared how the Banana Factory got its name. At his suggestion, the group made a final stop in the glass-blowing space to see the glass artists at work.


The day passed too quickly. There is much to see and experience in our neighbor to the north; The Lotus School is eager to return to learn more of what Bethlehem has to offer.
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A statewide poll mentioned during a recent Central Bucks School District board found that unhappiness was widespread and even corrosive throughout our high schools. Forty percent of students indicated that they were significantly unhappy most days at…
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