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Middle School Alabama Odyssey 2017 Day 3

Day 3 – Friday

Joe Minter –“Africa in America”

Gip’s Place – Henry Gipson 3101 Ave C Bessemer (last juke joint in Alabama)

LaQuita and students at Wilkerson Middle School

On to Selma

Dinner with our hosts – Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation at

Healing Waters Retreat Center

[Going to see Joe Minter] felt like a tributary timeline to all of the people who fought for their rights mixed within landmarks of the world’s history. His connection to God could be seen in each piece of art in the yard and the relationship between his works and religion as so clear. -Lucy F.

Through the Blues he spoke, and through our hearts we listened. -Mason

“No black, no white, just the blues.” Henry Gipson’s catch phrase resonates in my ears, uttered by a bellowing, spirited voice, a voice to match the unstoppable soul of the ninety-seven year-old musician. Reading the phrase my mind has the touch of a little instrumental at the end, a twang of foot-tapping, head-bobbing, musical chaos. A twinkle in the eyes of a weathered man sparks a smile on the faces of twenty-five kids. -Magda

My favorite part of the day was talking to the kids from the other school… It made me think about these kids growing up black, knowing their history, and knowing what they wanted. One thing I remember that Jordan said was, “We hold the key to our future.” -Zoe

I’m excited and nervous to meet with Joanne Bland tomorrow. Talking with the kids today I thought a lot about it, and realized that we were learning about our history so that we can move forward, and except what people did in the past and think about that when trying to make progress in the future.

– Emmy


Middle School Alabama Odyssey 2017 Day 2

Day 2 – Thursday

7:30 breakfast at Hargis (40 minutes to)

10:00 visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

11:30 Lunch – Zoes Kitchen

1:00 16th Street Baptist Church – Mrs. Lee

2:30 Children’s March participants Janice Kelsey  and her brother Alvin Wesley in the lecture room at BCRI

3:30 Performance/Poetry with LaQuita Middleton-Holmes

Dinner at Dreamland

Home to Hargis

Today was all new. I feel that there was nothing that we as a class did today that wasn’t new and it was amazing. It was a giant adventure and I loved it. It was so cool to meet people that were actually a part of the struggle for civil rights and are still working at it today. To read about marches is one thing, but to listen to someone talk to you in person about their experiences with such things was amazing.   -Sam

We hung out on the lush lawn of Kelly Ingram Park awestruck in the shadow of the children who had been there before us.  -Julia

Janice and Alvin have lived through so much and they are living history. It is important to know the history from people that lived it right up front. It’s actually amazing. Each and every individual children’s march participant has a story and they deserve to be heard.  -Leila

Just imagining the children stampeding out of the church only to be hosed down. It felt like everywhere we stood had a 100 different moments of significance.   -Eliot

Sitting in the pews (at 16th Street Baptist Church) that so many had sat in before me, I could picture the church overflowing with people and songs of freedom filling the hearts and minds of everyone… This is where 4 innocent girls died. This is where the nation looked at and finally realized it was time for a change. This is where humanity was thrown out the window.   -Lucy F.

 

Middle School Alabama Odyssey 2017 Day 1

Day 1 – Wednesday

What a day. After a swift and jubilant flight to Chicago we found ourselves with a 4 hour delay. We did a little terminal surfing, Starbucks slurping, card playing, aeronautic cuisine tasting, and generally did basically everything terminals 1 and 2 had to offer at O’Hare International.

But we made it, got our beautiful vans, and drove to our Birmingham home, The Hargis Retreat Center. We sang, we dialogued about why we have come, and read from Eric Holder’s analysis of our countries racial challenges. Then we packed everyone off to bed…we hope…Spirits are high, generosity is aplenty. We are ready.

Dec 20, 12 – 1 pm Ginormous Cookie Swap, Craft Sale and Raffle

Save the date! Tuesday, December 20th – Noon
is our Annual Ginormous Cookie Swap, Holiday  Craft Sale and Snowflake Tricky Tray Raffle!
Bring in a batch of your favorite homemade cookies on Tuesday, December 20th for our Annual Ginormous Cookie Swap. Buy a box, sashay down the line of delectable treats and fill yours to the brim with cookie goodness!
Were also collecting small items from merchants and crafters, like gift certificates etc. for a modest “tricky tray” raffle. We sell raffle tickets and you choose the item you’d like to win and place your ticket in that item’s jar.
In the recent years, we’ve invited students and parents to sell their crafts. Our very own Cheryl, teacher from the Birch Room, sells gorgeous wreaths, maple syrup and other fun crafts.

Grandparent & Special Friend Day Oct 7, 8:45am – Noon Dismissal

Please join us this Friday, October, 7, 2016 for the fall Grandparent & Special Friend Day. Along with a classroom visit we are pleased to have new parent and professional photographer, Rachael Waring on hand to take photos of students with their visitors. Be sure to take advantage of Rachael’s presence to capture the day!

Grandparent and Special Friend Day Schedule:
8:45-9:00 am – Coffee, Tea and Snack in the Arts Barn
9:00-9:30 am – Introduction by Tamara Mount, Head of School
9:30-10:00 am – Student Panel Discussion
10:00 -10:45 am – Classroom visits & Child Photo Session with their Guests
10:45 – 11:45 am – All School Sing in the Arts Barn
Noon Dismissal for All!

Back to School Pot Luck Picnic, Fri. Sept. 2nd!

Let’s celebrate the start of school with one last splash in the pool! The party is being held at Green Mountain Camp in Dummerston from 4:30 until 7. Jay and friends will be on hand to play world music, we’ll have the grill going and all you need to do is bring your swimmies and something to share. Toddler and Children’s House Families: Sides/Salads; Lower and Upper El Families: Desserts; and Middle School Families: drinks.

Toddler, Lower El and Middle School Parent Orientation

Tuesday, September 13th from 5:30 – 6:30pm. This is an evening meeting for parents to learn about the upcoming year’s curriculum, program, expectations for students, and ways to be involved in your child’s education. Parents with children in more than one program should send one parent to each program level. Childcare will be provided. Please sign up for childcare at the front desk.