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Stuart High School Students Combine Meaningful Art with Service to the Community

 PRINCETON, NJ - December 1, 2010 -- Stuart Country Day School created a new tradition this year with a giant food mandala, symbolizing art, religion and tradition, while also supporting local families in need.

A symbolic and sacred art form in many religions, the mandala is a series of concentric circles and geometric shapes, used as a teaching tool, and to recognize a sacred space or tradition. 

Juniors in the 11th Grade World Religions classes at Stuart conceived the food mandala, and involved the whole school in creating this new tradition.

The high school juniors created the mandala design on a large sheet of paper, and placed it in a sacred space at Stuart. 

The entire school contributed food to build the remarkable mandala, which measured more than 10 feet by 10 feet square.  The mandala remained on display in Stuart’s front hall until just before Thanksgiving.  [See attached photos.]

The students loaded several vans with the donated food and delivered it to Mount Carmel Guild, to ensure local families would be able to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

The final element of Stuart’s new mandala tradition occurred following the Thanksgiving food drive.

The paper mandala remained in place for the community to write prayers, thoughts, and wishes for the members of the senior class. Each senior received a piece of the mandala to keep for one year, as they transition from high school to the next step in their lives.  On the birthday of Stuart’s patron, Janet Stuart (11/11/11), the young women will let the piece go, a symbolic gesture essential to mandala making.