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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.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.  Mary O is making soy-based candles to sell to support the New England Epilepsy Foundation of which she is a member.  Contact Mary at info@lesmillis.org to learn more.

The Life Experience School provides individuals with learning challenges, complicated by neurological disorders, epilepsy and/or development disabilities, with unique opportunities to be actively involved in the community.   (We accept individuals with seizure disorders who require additional assistance throughout the day.)  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.  

NEWS:  Fr. Daniel Berrigan:  ”I wish I had started a place like this. The students are not being trained to be soldiers or corporate rip-off artists. We could use a few more thousand places like this.”

Dan, now 95, is currently living in the Fordham University Jesuit residence center in the Bronx.  Lewis visited him on October 7 and shared all that is happening at LES and the Peace Abbey and attended Mass at the private chapel there with dozens of other elder Jesuits.

Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery.

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 in Duxbury, MA.
Turning of Rainstick by Matty, Allison, Terriann, Mary, Maureen and Meg at 2015 Courage of Conscience Awards Concert in Duxbury, MA.

Below photo of LES mascot, Kaia the golden retriever. WARNING:  If you have a problem having dog hair on your clothes, definitely avoid sitting in this chair in the livingroom.

New Brochure (download) created by Kate.

Photo left:  Senator Edward Kennedy receiving the posthumous award for Robert F. Kennedy in 1993 on behalf of the Kennedy family at a wonderful 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.

, 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.


Allison the Better Shredder The Environmental Activist   Have you met her? Don’t forget Her. Let 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  : - ) 
 Save 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 Charles River. Throughout the year members participate in service projects as well as receive vocational training at local businesses, animal shelters and restaurants. 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 their potential when assuming responsibilities as members of a caring, socially conscious community.  Service to others puts their life challenges in perspective and provides each member with a sense of mission throughout the day.

The 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 in life.  

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 sister." 

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."

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