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WELCOME   Currently there are two openings available for spring enrollment.

Sunday, April 27 at 5:00 PM    Join us at the historic East Sandwich Quaker Meeting House in Sandwich, MA to enjoy the music of Magical Strings as we pay Tribute to the late Quaker scholar and activist, Elise Boulding and celebrate the teachings of Mindfulness as we present the 2014 Courage of Conscience Award to Fiona Jensen, Founder of Calmer Choice.   Open to the public & free of charge.  (Limited seating)    REGISTER HERE 

Mr. Phil Lussier
Thirty years of living Sinatra's theme song, "I did it my way!"  And each and every year his way has made us all smile, laugh and applaud this guy who shows us all how to play the card game of life and count one's blessings along the way.  Congrats to you Phil, your wonderful family and supportive friends ... we tip our hats to you and thank you for the advice you've given us during March Madness.  Keep on keepin' on!

*  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

Donate for Phil's 30th Birthday!

The original statue of Mother Teresa is being presented by Mary O'Connor to St. Mary's Church in Dedham, her family parish.  The statue was commissioned by the Life Experience School following Mother Teresa's visit to the school in 1988.  World renowned artists Lado and Shake Goudjabidze created the sculpture for the students at LES to commemorate Mother Teresa's visit.

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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 developmental 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 Programs 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. 

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.

As an 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.  

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 sister." 

REMEMBERING:  Jackson Browne pictured receiving the Life Experience School / Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in Los Angeles in 2007.   He received it for promoting peace and justice through his music and his unrelenting support for that which promotes nonviolent solutions to problems both nationally and internationally.  GRASSROOTS SOCCER: Ethan Zohn and Dr. Tommy Clark received the award for their combined humanitarian efforts to spread HIV education throughout Africa via soccer teams for youth and young adults.  CODEPINK: Jodie Evans received it for the passionate and driven direction women have given the peace movement through this organization that blends tenacity with hope, pranks of conscience with in-your-face challenges to war waging political figures in Washington.

The awards concert was organized by our dear friends John and Melissa Levoff. 

"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.

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