Research has shown that great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. Educators also know that how we work together as adults to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution or competence (Responsive Classroom). To provide opportunities for students to engage with others beyond their classroom and outside of their grade level, Lore students meet in mixed-grade Unity Groups throughout the school year to discuss topics related to health and wellness and to participate in community service activities. The first Unity Group meeting is scheduled for October 23rd. In December, Unity Groups will meet to organize the Lore School Giving Project, and the proceeds from the school Penny Wars will be used to purchase food that will be donated to Meals on Wheels in the spring. The Lore School community is looking forward to an exciting school year full of COOPERATION, RESPECT, and SUPPORT for all.