Kindergartners collaborate to create their own shoe store learning about economics and empathy throughout the process. The project incorporates math, social studies, economics and responsible citizenship. Proceeds from their shoe sales are donated to United Methodist Family Services so that the organization can purchase new shoes for foster children.
5th Graders begin their exploration of water in the fall by reading A Long Walk to Water, through which they learn about one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan — Salva Dut — who now gives back to his homeland of South Sudan by building wells. The students then raise funds to build a well in South Sudan.
They continue learning about the importance of clean water by exploring the James River in their history classes and they finish their studies with discoveries about the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and how water was essential for their survival.
The 9th Grade Community Engagement program exposes students to a wide range of community organizations in Richmond through engagement in service. Advisory pre- and post-reflections discussions and activities encourage students to find their voices and sense of ownership while furthering an understanding of Richmond and responsible citizenship.