Reflection Builds Leadership and Defines Values 2017-2018

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CHANGE: C.L.A.S.S. partnered with community organizations to build literacy awareness, address hunger concerns, and advocate for change. In school, students worked to define their own values and character strengths, explore excellence in relation to ethics and push themselves to understand the complexity of the relationship between sitting down to a meal together and human happiness and success. In the community, we put into action our personal goals to develop our character as we worked with residents of our local homeless shelter, HALO. We applied our expressed values as we expanded this relationship, and responded to the crisis of disconnect at the meal table by cooking and sharing together. Hugs were shared, laughs were heard--Snap-Chats sent...

Redefining Vision and Developing Leadership 2016-2017

What does it mean to have Character? How do we develop Leadership skills within ourselves? Why is it important to be Accountable? How can I Sustain my commitment when things get hard? Can I lead others to acts of Service? 

Our vision for C.L.A.S.S. is one in which C.L.A.S.S. will be authentically integrated into the life and culture of the School.  To do so, C.L.A.S.S. will provide training and experience for future leaders, servers, and sustainably-minded students in 4th-12th grades for the benefit of all members of the school and the greater community.  In essence, C.L.A.S.S. will focus on its dedication to the second part of its mission.

Giving Voice: Fondy Market 2015-2016

Our food system is supported by the work of migrant and immigrant workers. This year, students explored the history of our food system by reading Omnivore's Dilemma and explored our local situation by meeting local farmers at The Fondy Food market. 

Voicebox 2014-2015

What causes someone to become homeless? Is their life different from mine? Students explored what it means to join voices with others in their community and understand the personal stories of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Human Rights: Homelessness 2013-2014

Literacy, homelessness, hunger are three basic human rights whose interconnection was explored in this, our fourth year.

Human Rights: Literacy 2012-2013

Our understanding of Human Rights took us to create a relationship with a local public school as we looked to improve our understanding of the effects of illiteracy. In the process, we grew in our understanding of what it meant to be literate. We also pushed ourselves to expand our leadership skills as we partnered with students at another school. The year ended with the raising of funds to establish two Little Free Libraries that were placed at our partner school and our local homeless shelter.

Global Views, Local Action: Afghanistan 2011-2012

Our second year deepened our relationship with schools in Jalalabad, Afghanistan and our understanding of the impacts of war on individual human rights. 

Three Cups of Tea: 2010-2011

Our inaugural year, Three Cups of Tea guided us on understanding the hero's journey, fraught with all of its successes and failures, as we tried to understand the global issue of war and the human issue of "de-othering" those whom we do not know. We connected with students in Afghanistan and began a journey towards understanding.

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