Friday, May 19, 2017

Middle School Justice

Our seventh and eighth graders are preparing for their Exhibitions on activism. Projects include.....
  • a work of art, comprised of plastic bottles, spelling out 'this will not decompose'
  • letters to Virginia politicians, including Senator Tim Kaine, as well as a petition, advocating for Civil War battlefield preservation
  • a garden built to attract bees
  • a donation drive for Safe House
  • a Public Service Announcement and interview opposing illegal deportation
  • another explaining the work of Freedom House and the refugee crisis
  • another opposing cyanide fishing
  • on the same topic, a petition signed by all SK students, complete with photographs
  • a podcast exploring sexism at the middle school level, with a focus on dress codes
  • a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration calling for steps to address pilot fatigue
  • a visit to SK from a representative of the Spectrum Center for LGBTQ rights from U of M
  • a website familiarizing eighth grade families with high school options in Washtenaw County
  • letters to Michigan lawmakers opposing the hunting of wolves
We also had a visit from Mary Morgan, founder and director of CivCity, a non-profit devoted to combating civic apathy, particularly as it pertains to local issues. Finally, we travelled to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing for the second time this year, this time to meet with local State Representative Yousef Rabhi, who represents the downtown district of Ann Arbor.

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