On April 27, several RCDS Upper School students participated in the GLSEN National Day of Silence, a student-led initiative where students take a one-day vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.
RCDS alumna Chiamaka Nwakeze visited with students in all three divisions to discuss character, ethics, and leadership. Her message underscored the value of an RCDS education and the importance of empathy.
Rye Country Day School kicked off its inaugural event for the Character, Leadership, and Ethics Speaker Series by inviting Dr. Joshua Bennett '06 to address students in all three divisions. Dr. Bennett recited several of his poems from his debut poetry collection, The Sobbing School, which was published earlier this fall. He then answered questions about his writing process, his time as a student at RCDS, the values that he seeks to demonstrate in his life, and his goals and hopes for the future. His message to students emphasized the importance of love - love for one another, and love for what you do.
Sixty designated leaders in the Upper School – club presidents, team captains, student government leaders, etc – gathered on campus for a two-day retreat to learn about and develop their leadership strategies and action plans.
Members of student government, peer leaders, team captains, club presidents, and leaders of various student organizations (both curricular and co-curricular) were invited to attend the Friday evening and all-day, Saturday event.
How does the Lower School promote ethical, social, and emotional growth? Methods include a kindness jar, a peace corner, recess reflection, diversity groups, role playing, getting "caught in the act" of being kind, and much more.