上周, I had the great pleasure of welcoming parents of 校友 to our 校友家长 Association Kick-off event. 多年来 we have heard from parents– some of whom had spent countless hours serving Buc Pizza, 在奥运会做志愿者, BASH, 或者图书馆——当他们的孩子从本杰明大学毕业时，他们如何感到空虚.
与校友办公室合作, 这个小组每年将计划和主办一些活动，包括网络活动, 终身学习系列, 志愿服务机会, 和更多的.
One of my favorite parts of welcoming this group of parents to the Kick-Off was sharing how Benjamin is changing and growing while maintaining the ethos passed on from Nancy and Marshall Benjamin more than 60 years ago. 4001百老汇会员登录目前有1200多名学生，200名教职员工和支持人员. 这比许多家长记忆中的本杰明要大一些, 但这一增长使4001百老汇会员登录能够为学生提供更多的课程.
Ten years ago, we didn’t have a robotics team, but now we have one headed to the world championship. One year ago, we didn’t have beach volleyball courts; now we have a team dominating the competition. 拥有一流的设施，如本杰明大厅和4001百老汇会员登录的STEM中心, 4001百老汇会员登录为学生提供最好的设施，让他们继续前进. 但, 池塘仍然保留在低年级, 4001百老汇会员登录院子里的钟和美丽的榕树也一样.
It was fantastic to catch up with the group of parents - some who had children graduate in the 1980’s and others whose kids are still in their freshman year of school. This particular group is one who has seen the proverbial “proof in the pudding” as their sons and daughters have taken the lessons learned at TBS and forged their paths in the world. They know the value of challenging students individually while also providing support and encouragement necessary for success. And many of them look back on their days as a TBS parent and recall a memory where their child had a struggle, 在一位老师的帮助下坚持了下来, 当你努力工作时，你会有一种满足感.
多年来, 4001百老汇会员登录吸取了TBS教育的精华，并使其更加强大, 通过深思熟虑的思考推动它向前发展，并为下一代做出改进. 我期待着继续与4001百老汇会员登录校友的父母分享本杰明的经历, 因为他们一生都是真正的海盗.