WELCOME The Life Experience School is
celebrating its 43rd year! We would like to invite those interested in
supporting our program to visit and see what a small group of dedicated
individuals are doing to promote peace in the community and the world.
This website is managed with the involvement of the students at LES.
Mary is our 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.
Photo left: RAINSTICK CEREMONY at Peace Awards Ceremony. Turning of Rainstick by Matty, Allison, Terriann, Mary, Maureen and Meg at 2015 Courage of Conscience Awards Concert in Duxbury, MA.
The Life Experience Program, now in its 43rd 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.
Photo right: Original school sign in 1972 at our first campus on Brush Hill Road, Sherborn, MA.
Photo left: Senator Edward Kennedy receiving the posthumous award for Robert F. Kennedy in 1993 on behalf of the Kennedy family at small ceremony at the JFK Federal Building on the anniversary of his assassination. "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. Edward Kennedy
The Life Experience School is dedicated Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Photo right: Jane O'Hara recipient of the 2015 Courage of Conscience Award for Visual Arts presented by Meg Randa in Duxbury on April 11.
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.
YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR SHREDDING!
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 shredding
event at your business.
You’ll be glad
: - )
the Trees … Recycle office paper!
Offering services in your office near the school 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!
Above right: Lizzy and Phil
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.
Photo right: Little Phil and Kate
As a small, 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
Photo above: Matty, Mary and Maureen at the Pacifist Memorial in Sherborn under the care of the Life Experience School Special Peace Corps.
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
Photo right: Sean, Charlotte and Ian. "Looking forward to seeing Sean Lennon again when he's in Boston. We will never forget his concert and meeting him a few years ago." Ian Music is in some people's blood more than others -- and if you know Ian then it's clear it flows through him like a mighty river that can't be kept in its banks. That's Ian. When you visit, be sure to connect with him around his music projects. You'll, no doubt, leave unable to get that tune out of your head!
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!
* Phil recently noted that collectively we at The Life Experience School
have been alive 806 years, which is more years lived than Hank Aaron had
home runs! - School blogger