What’s happening in C.L.A.S.S.? (Character, Leadership, Accountability, Sustainability, Service)
Students in the C.L.A.S.S. project met for 5 days last week after-school. Here is what they have been up to as reported by Chris Henke Mueller.
The theme for the week was This We Believe and we quickly realized that the entire week would become about communicating our concerns about basic human rights and values, studied earlier this year, to each other (to our partners in Afghanistan, to the founder of our school, to advocates in our community…and then to our own Prairie community).
We began on Monday by reflecting upon and defining what we valued as individuals and sharing stories that we considered important moments in our lives.
Tuesday we continued with last year’s C.L.A.S.S. vision by meeting with Gene Johnson to share with her our goals for reviving the use of the Giving Garden and Greenhouse. The facilities’ audit summary and illustrations of their proposed renovation are available for others to view.
Wednesday we traveled to the Racine County Food Bank to see where the food we grew in the Giving Garden this summer went, to learn about the needs of people in our community, to be inspired by real individuals who are working to make a difference, and to volunteer some of our own time.
Thursday we “traveled” to Afghanistan and began our conversation with students in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Our students are participating in the Global Connection and Exchange program sponsored by the US State Department http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/connections.html and the University of San Diego.
On Friday we set the day set aside to connect these different activities both in thought and in action. Students reflected upon how their values shape their actions both here at Prairie and in our community and that they can become advocates of change. They put into action plans to support the upcoming food drive whose proceeds go to support the Racine County Food Bank. Next week time needs to be given by us all to communicate and inspire the whole school to participate in this fundraiser. Impressively, the students also understood that by sharing their values and actions with the kids in Afghanistan, they can help to inspire others to reshape their community as well.
The students have hopes for this year and are committing themselves with their time and talent to putting those hopes into action. It is our hope that by sharing this with all of you we can further their efforts through your support and advocacy.