Above ground, beautiful aspen trees appear to be distinct, individual. However, beneath the earth we find something quite the contrary. The unique, seemingly single tree is, in fact, not single at all. It is a part of a community– a community which is made up of unique, individual aspens that are interconnected by a long-lived root system. Originating from a single seedling ancestor, a foundation of roots grows strong in the earth’s soil, spreading, rising, giving birth to a colony of Populus tremuloides– an aspen grove.
Like an aspen grove, our community is made up of individuals created in the image of God, each gifted with his or her own unique personality, interests, and talents. It is a community interconnected by a Mason education and a deep-rooted faith in Christ.
We, like the group of 47,000 aspens in Utah (sometimes considered the world’s largest living organism!), are a living community. A living educational community has an approach to education that is natural and holistic. Our understanding of why we learn, how we learn, and what we learn is integrated into our individual lives as well as the life of the group.
We come together because we recognize the need to support and encourage one another on this journey and to uphold Mason’s motto that “Education is a life. Education is a discipline. Education is an atmosphere. Education is the science of relations.” Through this effort we hope to empower and learn from one another in harmony.