Last Friday, WFS middle school students celebrated International Day of Peace.
The day served as an opportunity for students to look beyond themselves and recognize their ability to make a positive change in the world.
After meeting as a large group in the Theater, students then gathered as advisories and identified a current social issue of concern in the world, ranging from broader topics like homelessness and climate change to WFS-specific issues like the use of plastics in our cafeteria and supporting our LGBTQIA+ community members.
Students brainstormed what they could do now, and in the future, to address this issue and lead to more equitable and sustainable conditions. At the end of the day, they gathered as a community and presented the issues they discussed. Jon Huxtable, head of the middle school, announced that the faculty would work toward developing activities and service learning opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year centered around the items that the students had identified as causes of concern. "These are your ideas to make things equitable and sustainable, now it's up to us to act on them," Huxtable said.
Paulo Machado, chair of the visual arts department, recently had a painting on display in the WFS gallery, which was part of a larger body of paintings that use wide uninterrupted brushstrokes on top of darker areas of color as metaphors for conscious attempts to heal.
To recognize National Stress Awareness Day today, the QuakerCares Committee was in the Java Nook asking students to fill out a helpful stress tip or positive thought, which will then be displayed for the community.