Two upcoming events demonstrate how a Prairie education has impact far beyond campus.

By Brendan O'Brien | Alumni, Campus, Student Life

The mark of an excellent education is found in the care a community puts into knowing, valuing, supporting, and challenging its students.  The measure of how impactful these efforts are in helping an individual become the best version of themselves, however, is most evident in what transpires beyond the classroom.

On October 21st, the Prairie community is affiliated with two important events that demonstrate how TPS students routinely pass the “real world test” test with flying colors.

Community for Kijana: A Happy Hour with Impact

TPS eagerly welcomes former faculty member Jim Cummings, alumna Harpreet Dhaliwal ’95, and a team of Prairie alumni to campus for a discussion rooted in the important work they are doing with the Kijana Global Innovation School in Kenya. Guests will hear how Cummings’ teaching career in Africa stirred a desire to build cross-cultural, education-based connections in the United States, how he and Dhaliwal came to partner on the design of a world-class library and media center, and how Prairie has been a part of the conversation.

Tickets for this event are $30 and include food and drink. Guests must be 21+. All proceeds will benefit Kijana.

The Cry: A Requiem for the Lost Child

Pat Badger has spent over four decades impacting Prairie students, encouraging them to examine the often delicate ecosystem that is human interaction and the important role they can play in using the powers of the human heart – compassion, understanding, empathy, action – for good.

The tradition of Prairie Middle School students participating in the Choral Arts Society’s production of The Cry: A Requiem for the Lost Child as narrators dates back to the early 2000s, and this year Prairie students will once again take part in this composition created by contemporary British composer Adrian Snell. “With author Murray Watts, Snell has musically woven the authentic words of children, who have suffered war, conflict, and ethnic cleansing, with the Requiem structure. In solidarity, the Choral Arts Society (CAS) will offer this work in honor of the civilian victims of the war in Ukraine.”

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults/seniors and $10 for students.