Your Mission Statement
For the Blue Ridge Class of 2016
We gather together again as a community today,
Specifically, to send another group on their way.
Focus your cameras, you will want to remember
On days to come, how we all, since September,
Helping hands and loving hearts, united as one,
Boys and teachers, striving, are now finally done.
Reach your arms out, and embrace your brother.
Their steps, once joined to your own, now to other
Potential challenges, other journeys, now turn.
Through the many years to come you’ll learn—
Personalized from your own life’s ups and downs,
Structured by forces beyond sight, beyond sounds,
Innovative, for sure, no two ever alike—to dream.
Learning dreams, despite how hopeless they seem,
Practices a faith, a hope, unseen, rather embodied
In a soul’s being. This world needs men believing
A truth exists beyond any one mind’s conceiving.
College can’t teach you it, for they don’t own it. No
Preparatory system could ever hope to bestow
All you need to know, so while your body still is
Boarding here on this blue ball, which houses His
Community, ask, seek, knock, and you’ll find your
Mission. Then just do it. You’ll be making a sure
Statement of truth to a world always needing more.
by Rev. Peter T. Atkinson
At Blue Ridge School, we specifically focus on helping boys reach their potential through personalized, structured, innovative learning practices in a college-preparatory, all-boarding community.