WELCOME A loving farewell to Maya Angelou
who visited the Life Experience School and Peace Abbey on two
occasions and was presented with the Courage of Conscience Award along
with Barry Crimmins.
“God put the rainbow in the clouds so even in the
of times we would know there is hope. And that is why the Peace Abbey
Maya Angelou was a gift of conscience to the world.
Malala Yousafzai nominated to receive the Peace Abbey Foundation Courage of Conscience Award presented by the Life Experience School. Previous recipients include
the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Pete Seeger,
Maya Angelou and numerous other humanitarians who have made
extraordinary contributions to peace and social justice. The most recent recipient was Fiona Jensen, founder of Calmer Choice and the presenter was Mary O'Connor. The ceremony included the music of Magical Strings at the Quaker Meeting House in East Sandwich, Cape Cod.
This website is managed with the involvement of the students at LES. Mary is our new assistant webmaster and photographer (photo below) and Phil is our blogger who contributes his insights, sense of humor and unique point of view on most everything that matters to him, as well as interesting facts and birthdays. We also will be updating our facebook which Mary will be contributing to as well.
The Life Experience Program, now in its 42nd year, continues to provide individuals with learning challenges, complicated by neurological disorders or development disabilities, with opportunities to be actively involved in the community. Whether through vocational training or altruistic involvement in the Special Peace Corps, members are actively engaged in meaningful activities that help them secure their place in society.
"You are doing an outstanding job
working together to help other people. You are certainly carrying on my
brother's (RFK) legacy and exemplify his ideals of community service." - Senator Edward Kennedy
Community inclusion is our shared path of commitment and growth. Individually, and as a group, we enjoy all that the community has to offer in terms of employment opportunities, learning, shopping, recreation and service. Our vision is to instill in each member a deeper level of self-respect and confidence, a sense of importance, belonging and well-being. Members are encouraged to reach beyond their limitations and to strive to enhance the quality of the lives of those in the community, with a eye toward those less fortunate than themselves. This is the credo of the Special Peace Corps and the essence of the Life Experience Program.
At LES, each individual grows and learns in an atmosphere of dignity, trust and love. Our challenge as educators is to enable each individual to recognize, accept and express their value as a member of the community, while equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their birthright to make their unique contribution both to the community and the world.
Our Activities are designed to provide supportive, individualized opportunities
that draw upon each individual's strengths and interests and explore their talents and abilities within a stable, accepting, yet challenging atmosphere.
COMING SOON TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!
Allisonthe Better ShredderThe Environmental Activist
you met her?
her be your better shredder!
Just give Allison a call at
508-376-4321 and schedule a 30 minute shredding
event at your business.
You’ll be glad
: - )
the Trees … Recycle office paper!
Offering services in your office or you can drop off your recycling here at 16 Lavender Street, Millis, MA.
Recycling is an area where jobs could be created. Green collar workers we call them. And the Better Shredder is as green as you can get!
A Sense of Community LES and the Special
Peace Corps are fortunate to
have two beautiful and wonderfully accepting communities to call home.
Centrally located in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Millis and the
Peace Abbey Memorial Park in the center of Sherborn, members are within
walking distance to the commercial villages, public libraries, town
administrative offices, and just a short drive to Farm Pond and the
Throughout the year members participate in service projects as well as
receive vocational training at local businesses, animal shelters and
Our Programs offer nurturing and supportive environments in which
individuals may discover hidden strengths and talents.
As an extended-family day program for young adults with
disabilities, we believe that our members mature more fully and reach
potential when assuming responsibilities as members of a caring,
conscious community. Service to others puts their life
challenges in perspective and provides each member with a sense of
throughout the day.
basic tenet of our philosophy holds that all human beings learn best and find
personal fulfillment through meaningful and positive relationships.
And that the most realistic way of evaluating an individual's learning and
progress is to observe how he/she deals with decision-making and problem-solving
Peacemakers Table and Abbey Peace and Justice Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston which LES gifted to the Healey Library in 2012.
Mother Teresa's reflection during her visit to the
Life Experience School in 1988: "My prayer is that The Life
Experience School continues to prepare its students to become
peacemakers in our troubled world - the true peace that comes from
loving and caring and respecting the rights of everyone - my brother, my
Mowing the lawn. Why not? Maureen having her first experience ever behind a lawn mower (with Lewis) at the School's Peace Memorial in Sherborn.
"Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things
that never were and say why not?" Bobby Kennedy quoting George Bernard
Shaw during 1968 Presidential Campaign (The Life Experience School is dedicated to the memory of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Thank you for your support of the Life Experience School and the Special Peace Corps. Please plan a visit and meet the students and staff and hear about the special projects they are working on to improve the lives of others.
We would enjoy hearing from our friends, and taking
questions from those who might not be familiar with LES and the work of
the Special Peace Corps.
Friend us on Facebook and see what's going on here at LES. And be sure to visit our Photo Gallery page too!
* Collectively we at The Life Experience School
have been alive 806 years, which is more years lived than Hank Aaron had
home runs! - Phil L. School blogger