Weekly Update: January 6th-10th, 2020
The students had a very special experience today with their classmates after spending the day with our guest, Anika Nailah. Anika is an author, performance poet, and social justice consultant who identifies as Pocasset Wampanoag of the Pokanoket Nation and African American. She held space for us, as a white community, to begin to understand the true value of freedom, and the depth of history that we bring with us, upon which our privilege (so often invisible to us) stands.
We interacted, listened, spoke, moved, and created in various ways to bring us closer to a more humane reflection about the human beings who were kidnapped from their homes and enslaved on this land, as well as those whose lives were taken as a result of the actions and inactions of our ancestors some 500 years ago, who benefited (as we continue to benefit) from the institution of slavery here in our United States of America. Needless to say, this was a profound experience.
Additionally, students had their first textiles workshop with Anna on Monday and a fun skills workshop with Courtney on Tuesday. On Thursday they resumed their biweekly “mathtivity” with Alethea, and we will start health class with Brian next week! It’s great to have so many experienced adults working with the kids, and seeing them learn and grow as a community.
Upcoming Dates and Events
No School (MLK Day): Monday, January 20th
Field Trip (David Ruggles Center): Friday, January 24th: 12:pm-3:15pm
Field Trip (“We Shall Overcome” at UMass): Tuesday, January 28th
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