The Lower School welcomed author, Jeron Ashford who shared her book, Winter Candle. This book was chosen as the December Diversity, Equity and Inclusion read aloud because it highlights different holidays celebrated in winter and recognizes a candle as a symbol that is used in many celebrations across cultures and religions. In her book, the candle represents the beauty, warmth, and compassion that neighbors share during the holiday season. Ms. Ashford read her book, led a discussion about lights and candles in our traditions, and shared her experience as an author. Following the presentation, students ate lunch with their Lower School Families, a group of students in grades 1-5 led by a teacher, and further discussed the book and shared their own holiday traditions. Students were asked to think about and discuss things like, "Does everybody celebrate the same holidays? Does your family use candles (lights) in their celebrations? Why do you think people use candles in their celebrations? What are some of your holiday traditions?" The culmination of our December Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative is a luminaria project that will be enjoyed by many at our Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 19.