I walked by Sherman Common on Wednesday where 300 (masked, if not distanced) students were chanting: No Justice, No Peace. Fairfield is a long way from Minneapolis. Wednesday was a long eight days from George Floyd’s death by asphyxiation. The students had time to reflect and decided that racism is not part of our natural order.
Summer Reading Assignment 2019
(all grades, all levels)
This year’s One School, One Book initiative will engage our school community in a literary experience that reaches beyond the classroom and traditional summer reading assignments. Through our shared reading experience, we will explore varied projects for each academic discipline, and come together as a community for shared discussion and activities. Projects will be assigned in September.
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer
“The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler's own words, "tried to talk the mothers out of their children." Inspired by Irena Sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere.
Sixty percent of the sales of this book are donated to the Irena Sendler/Life in a Jar Foundation. The foundation promotes Irena Sendler's legacy and encourages educators and students to emulate the project by focusing on unsung heroes in history to teach respect and understanding among all people, regardless of race, religion, or creed.” -- Amazon