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Celebrating Diversity

Celebrating Diversity
Goosehill Primary has been focusing on celebrating and understanding diversity in their curriculum, and on April 16 they were thrilled to welcome the help of high school students from the Social Action Club. Advisors, Elana Axelrod and Dr. Beth Chase, had their high school club members collaborate via Zoom with the first grade to talk about topics of diversity and celebrating our own individual characteristics. Dr. Chase shared, “We all incorporated themes from the Goosehill H.E.R.O. acronym (Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Openheartness). The high school students shared examples of times that they were resilient as well as ways to support each other, particularly around topics of diversity.”

The high school students made yellow "stars" to add to the “hallway of stars” made by Goosehill students. They wrote/drew about their characteristics that shine on the inside and on the outside. First graders read books on diversity including Sulwe, Just Ask, and All Are Welcome which encouraged students to consider ways that they can be kind/respectful to themselves and others, embrace their unique differences, and how they can be an upstander. Goosehill School Psychologist, Kristin Schmid, shared, “The high school kids really did an amazing job speaking to our kids and making it relatable. We covered some very challenging topics, and it was a wonderful learning experience for all.” Ms. Herschlein said, “I know our students learned so much from this experience, they really look up to the high school kids. Overall, it was a great collaborative event and we hope to do it one day again in person!”