May 2, 2022 | Melissa McCallihan
Life on the Syrian border. The welfare of children in this country. Animal testing by cosmetic companies. These are just three of the subject areas sixth grade students are passionate about. Students researched and wrote about a social justice issue to prepare for a Social Justice Event happening Wednesday, May 11, on the fourth floor.
According to Chip Wood in his book Yardsticks, this age group has a great sense of justice. They are incredibly moved and eloquent about the injustice of the world around them. Writing about it, rapping about it, and creating around it gives these students a voice for their feelings and emotions.
What will you see and hear if you attend this event? You’ll see inspired students who want you to know they have something to say about the injustices they see and read about. They will show this in their table displays which will include excerpts from the essay, their poetry and raps and the Calligram artifact they created. You’ll hear their emphatic and passionate voices encouraging you to take part in their cause. Then they will challenge you to do something. Each student has prepared an exit ticket if you will. A call to “do” something–write your legislators, join a cause, donate funds.
As sixth grader Tristan Suarez wrote:“I would advise you to be an upstander for the greater good. Some of the people in the world are helping to solve problems like this, and you should do the same.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Fourth Floor of Mustard Seed School
We are asking visitors to wear a mask.