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Eighth Grade Summit on Tap Next Week

Rudy Brandl

The Eighth Grade Summit – “Race and Climate Justice” – is set for Monday-Wednesday, April 12-14 with the students also participating in the Upper School Symposium on the final day of the event.

Early this school year when it became clear that the traditional eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. would not be possible due to the pandemic, an alternative plan was developed. Ms. Noreen Jafri, Eighth Grade Coordinator has worked with Ms. Ana DeLeon, Associate Director of Admission, Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, and a dedicated group of eighth grade student volunteers to plan a three-day Summit that will focus on areas of social justice important to our community. The goals of this special program are similar to those of the traditional trip to our nation’s capital: provide opportunities for civic engagement and develop a deeper understanding of problems confronting our nation and the world in order to work toward solving them. 

Race and climate change were identified as two key topics to be addressed during the first two days of the Summit.  On the third day, eighth graders will spend part of their day attending the Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – and then conclude their Summit with an action challenge to plan next steps.  The student leaders have contributed their creative ideas and suggestions to make this event highly engaging and brimming with activities, discussion, reflection and personal growth.