At Chiaravalle, every day, my preschool
classmates and I had little activities to do: organizing objects by
shape and color, or spooning pom-poms from one dish to another. At the
start of each activity I had to get out a little white rug. I would
unroll the rug, and then proceed to carry out my project on it. Upon
finishing the task, I would put the materials away in their proper
place. Only then could I roll the rug back up and return it to its
cubby. Even today, this is the way I organize all the things I do.
Though I no longer have little white rugs to put all my projects on,
the idea of containing each activity, and cleaning it up when I’m done,
is something I have taken to heart. Now, as a theater major at
Northwestern University, I am still using the tools and confidence
Chiaravalle gave me.
— Rachel Birnbaum (Class of 2005)