Ninth graders recently met with Abdi Nor Iftin, author of their summer reading book, Call Me American, which depicts Abdi's life in Somalia and his curiosity about Western culture, which ultimately became dangerous and led to him fleeing the country.
Abdi discussed the reasons he decided to write his book, explaining the danger that his family experiences regularly, largely because of the book he wrote, and how he supports and communicates with them. He stated that the reason for writing came partially from his mother, who said that even though his experiences are in his past, they are not done for those still in Somalia. Lastly, he fielded questions from the group who asked about his affinity for American culture, relationship with his father, and more. Thank you to Abdi for taking the time to meet with our students!
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.