Each year, the student-led Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly at Evergreen is full of inspiration. Spearheaded by the middle school SOCA club (Students of Color and Allies) and featuring students from prekindergarten through 8th grade, this year's event showcased themes of standing up for justice and what you know to be right.
From wonderful singing and a well-done skit, to Evergreen's traditional Montgomery Bus Boycott play performed by preK, to a heartfelt speech about activism and being yourself by an Evergreen alum, this was a great team effort. A big thank you, too, to faculty who helped guide students in their preparation!
Back in September, 6th graders kickstarted the year with four days at YMCA Camp Seymour. Recently, they received a lovely letter thanking them for their service project contribution while they were there.
As part of their camp activities, students worked in the garden to help make pathways accessible for campers of different mobility levels, including those who use wheelchairs. Students regraded, trenched, lined, and put gravel along the garden beds, paving the way for everyone to enjoy the space!
Becca Gjertson, the camp's director of outdoor and environmental education, wrote:
"You worked really hard to make those paths a weed-free, all-mobilities-friendly environment that we completed and looks AMAZING! Thank you so much for the time, hard work and positive attitude you put into making that space the best growing, learning and teaching environment it can be. We appreciate you and will appreciate your hard work for years!
Longtime 1st grade teacher Suzy Joor has an article and lesson plan published in the most recent issue of Green Teacher, a quarterly magazine dedicated to helping educators promote environmental awareness among young people. Suzy's piece, based on work with her 1st grade classes here, focuses on the Q.U.E.S.T. framework to promote student-led inquiries and incorporate them into teaching. Q.U.E.S.T., a tool developed at Miami University in Oxford, OH, follows this sequence:
1. Questions and observations 2. Uncover comparative questions 3. Explore predictions 4. Start an action plan and gather data 5. Think hard about the findings and share discoveries.