On Friday and Saturday, RCDS remembered and honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through dance, music, listening, critical thinking and discussion, and service to others.
On Friday, students in grades 3-12 participated in an assembly that featured special performances by the WildScats and Cedar Street Dance Company, as well as an address by alumna Eliza McCurdy '13. Afterwards, students, faculty, and staff, gathered in small groups to participate in empathy exercises that focused on perspective taking, leaning into discomfort, standing up for justice, and using the power of one's own voice and actions to create a change. Every student in grades 3-12 was asked to analyze this quotation from Dr. King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality... Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
During Friday's morning meeting, Lower School students also heard from nine-year-old Max Lazarowitz. Over the past three years, Max has created and built arcade games out of recycled materials and hosted a "game day" fundraiser for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital as well as his own school. His message inspired our youngest students to participate in service work that could have tremendous impact on their community. Students in grades Pre-K-2 then engaged in a craft activity centered around the heart and the feet, during which they discussed something they cared about (the heart) and what they were going to do to make a change (the feet). Their projects will be on display in the Lower School next week.
On Saturday, over 160 RCDS students, families, faculty, and staff attended the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event at Building One Community (B1C), a resource center for immigrants and one of Rye Country Day's valued community partners. B1C has supported over 8,100 immigrants from 87 different countries over the past seven years as they integrate into the Stamford area. Gathering at Building One Community, participants assembled care packages with toiletries and notes inspired by the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. The care packages will be distributed to clients of B1C, as well as to families at a local homeless shelter.
Thanks to those who participated in these activities that honored Dr. King's legacy.
Portrait of a Graduate Connections:
CHARACTERRCDS students cultivate strength of character through the development of social and emotional intelligences, strong and positive moral compasses, and passionate and principled actions.