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During the week of January 16, two significant events–the annual commemoration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the inauguration of this country's 45th president, Donald Trump–provided opportunities to engage our students in conversations about civics and history, democracy and leadership.
Lower school students expressed their beliefs by reflecting on "what makes a great..." school, city, state, country, and world. Post-its highlighting students' ideas are displayed on a wall between Hickory and Oak Streets. See what some of them had to say about the importance of investing in sustainable energy, listening to others, and treating everyone equally:
In the middle school, teachers and advisors led discussions on civics and ethics, and what constitutes effective leadership. Students participated in a lunchtime discussion about campaign promises versus policy, and also had a chance to write letters to their future selves ... four years from now. Throughout the week, students were given opportunities to have their voices heard and listen to those of their peers.
Marching for what you believe in
French American 7th grader, Amanda, and her mother Margaret participated in the Women's March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21. Amanda shared her thoughts and why she marched in a KQED-featured blog post written one day prior to the event.
“I believe it’s important to march because we can’t sit around expecting other people to act for us. If the women in 1920 who fought to vote decided not to go through the effort, it would’ve taken America much longer to enfranchise women,” expressed Amanda. “One day the country will fall into our hands and we need to teach our children the rights we all deserve. We’re going to have to inspire the ones coming afterwards… This country will continue to have daughters, and it’s our mission to create a society where women of all ages would be proud to live.”
Thank you, Amanda, for your action, courage, and heart.