Eighth-grade students at the J. Graham Brown School, 546 S. First Street, will host an interactive refugee camp on Friday, November 10, from 9:05 to 11:40 a.m. and from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. at Peace Park (located across the street from the school) to showcase what they have learned in class over the past two months.
The students have created a refugee camp that will reproduce some of the challenges and difficulties that refugees face in camps today. They will also provide an interactive learning experience and reflection opportunities for participants.
In addition, the school’s ninth graders have been studying different aspects of water scarcity in all their classes and have organized a “Walk for Water” that same day from 8:30 to 11 a.m., as they are trying to raise $8,000 to build a well for a school in Sudan. Each student (having collected pledges) will be carrying a gallon of water from the school to the Big Four Bridge and back.
Both activities are great examples of the Deeper Learning initiative that is at the forefront of the district’s strategic plan. The framework was adopted by the Jefferson County Board of Education in June 2016 as a way to encourage students to be more independent and take a more active role in their learning process.