The bi-annual upper school trip to New York is a highlight of the Imago experience. Miss Dey has led this trip every other year, alternating with Washington, D.C., for 35 years. Her passion for providing educational and fun experiences outside of the classroom shines through the carefully selected itinerary and interactions with the students.
Day One of the trip included a stop to The Met Cloisters museum, a lesser-known treasure. It is a collection of four monastic cloisters, assembled from Europe, that showcases medieval architecture and works of art, including tapestries, frescos and unusual artifacts. Miss Dey connected with the students on their historical architecture classroom studies. The gardens with over 250 medieval medicinal plants is beautiful.
Not all of the first day was serious and educational. After a walk through Times Square we enjoyed dinner at Ellen's Startdust Diner. All of the wait staff at Stardust are professional actors aspiring to land work in Broadway productions. Each take turns singing musical numbers to the guests for a very interactive and fun experience. One of the students thought it would be funny to pretend it was her birthday. When this was discovered by the emcee, he took time to make a show of it. The whole restaurant had a great time.
Our visit to the Army's West Point military academy was the spiritual highlight of the first day. The main chapel is beautiful, featuring the largest pipe organ in North America in a place of worship. Many of us were struck by how a sense of character is embedded in the place. As we walked the campus along the Hudson river even the benches provide reminders of character, each inscribed with a trait: responsibility, leadership, courage, integrity, compassion, loyalty, dedication.
Evening devotions for both the girls and boys drew from the Cadet Prayer, which is posted in the main chapel:
Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretence ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.