Lower School Students Engage in Age-Appropriate Anti-Racism Conversations

As a community and in the classrooms, conversations around justice and current events continued throughout the last week of school with our boys, including our youngest learners.
Lower School boys across grades engaged in powerful, age-appropriate conversations addressing what we all can do to stand up for injustices by peacefully using our voices. To aid in these conversations, boys read books like Say Something by Peter Reynolds, which highlights the importance of speaking up for what you believe in and emphasizes how even a single voice can make a difference.
 
The boys then engaged in an “Ally in Action” project where they made signs for their toys, dolls, stuffed animals, Lego, or used templates in Seesaw. The boys were encouraged to create signs expressing what is most important to them and what they would like the world to know.
 
This activity, and the many others that took place in our remote classrooms across divisions, gave the boys space to ask thoughtful questions as they seek to try to understand what the protests are about. We at Allen-Stevenson think it is important to emphasize to our students of all ages that their voices matter and are heard – that they are capable of making the change they want to see in the world.
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