Students step up to aid hurricane relief efforts

09/06/17 05:55:pm
| Category: Lower School

Mirman School has a long-standing tradition of service learning, and our students, faculty, and staff recognize the imperative to support other communities in need. As our students learned about the recent devastation in Texas, they have been eager to identify ways to help those impacted, and begun to work with Jeffery Flagg, Dena Scott, and Brittani Fowlin as faculty/staff leads on their initiatives.

Though curricular discussions have been ongoing throughout the Lower and Upper School during the first weeks of classes, this assembly was a first step in addressing these storms as a community, and in inspiring one another to work together to help in whatever ways we can.

Student leaders from Project: Impact (the US4 technology class) and from Room 4 and 5 gave presentations about empathy and the importance of individual and collective responsibility to help those in need.

Student leaders first asked their peers to talk about these subjects, and then moved on to specifically speak about the challenges communities are facing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Vaughn E. (US1) and Remy E. (Room 5) worked together to narrate a powerful slide presentation that showed men paddling down their streets in canoes, a father carrying his newborn child through floodwaters, and other images from the storm.

After their presentation, the student leaders along with Dr. Scott challenged their peers to undertake "chores for change," earning extra change to donate during drop-off starting tomorrow by performing chores at home. This is simply a "level 1" response; students and faculty/staff leads will continue to identify avenues for fundraising and distribution. In the coming weeks, we will also be creating an action plan to aid a school district in Houston, as well as responding to those affected by Irma.

At the close of the assembly, Director of Music Programs Nicolás Kello and student Asha H. (US3) led the school in "Stand By Me." "Music is a really powerful way to express empathy, compassion, and togetherness," said Mr. Kello before he and Asha struck up the beginning chords of the Benny King classic. "It can inspire us to get up and take action for change."