Twenty families attended the annual Fall Visitors' Day at The Webb School. The group included guests from the neighboring states of Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi, as well as nine cities in Tennessee -- Antioch, Bell Buckle, Culleoka, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Shelbyville, Smithville, Sparta and Tullahoma.
The day included a tour of campus led by current Webb students. Guests also attended the daily chapel program, where they watched students perform their orations. The oration is a part of the school's Emerging Voices Program, the signature academic program that emphasizes public speaking and writing.
As part of the chapel time, guests joined students, faculty and staff in a program to honor veterans in advance of Veteran's Day on Nov. 11. A new flagpole with light, donated by the Webb School Parents' Association and installed near the Culleoka Bell, was dedicated. With the new light as part of the project, a flag can now remain raised at night. Also, as part of the program, a flag, donated to the school by Riley Cook, a Vietnam veteran and Webb staff member, was raised. Cook said in a letter to the school read by Ashlea Shepard, WSPA co-president, that "this flag was flown over our nation's Capitol in honor those men and women I served with during my two tours in Vietnam. It also flew over my home on 9/11 to honor those who died in the attack on our country." He added, "Today, I'm donating this flag to the students and faculty of The Webb School in their honor."
Following chapel, student visitors attended lunch and class with Webb students, while parents attended informational panels regarding academics, financial aid and co-curricular programs. The day concluded with a student Q&A panel for both visiting students and parents followed by student interviews.
Current parents, faculty and staff assisted with the day's activities.
"It was a beautiful fall day, and we had a wonderful group of families on campus," said Julie Harris, director of admissions. "One of my favorite things about Webb is the diversity of our students, especially the geographic diversity. I was pleased that our visitors represented such a variety of cities in Tennessee," added Harris. "The Webb School promotes a global community as one of its major points in the 'Webb Difference.' The school's current student body represents 17 countries and 15 states. The day student population represents 20 cities in the Middle Tennessee area. Additionally, 36 percent of the school's population represents students of color.
The remaining Visitors' Days for the current application season are scheduled for Jan. 15 and Feb. 19. Those planning to attend one of the Visitors' Days are asked to RSVP to email@example.com or call 931-389-6003.