Thank you to everyone who helped organize the annual Arts Festival & International Fair. It was a wonderful, warm, community event filled with interactive art activities, delicious foods from around the world, and captivating performances.
Congratulations to Upper School English teacher Iain Pollock for his nomination by the NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry.
During February, students and faculty at RCDS recognize and celebrate Black History Month in various forms.
This week, Parents Committed to Diversity and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented a talk by Kyle Bryant, a cyclist and activist for the neuromuscular disorder Friedreich's ataxia (FA). Mr. Bryant, who was diagnosed with FA at age 17, inspired the RCDS community with his film and presentation about competing in The Race Across America (RAAM).
Last week, RCDS student leaders and faculty traveled to Nashville to attend the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference. SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S., which focuses on self-reflection, forming allies, and building community.
Grade 6 students had the special opportunity of meeting award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin this past Friday at an assembly in Memorial Hall. Nora's book, nine, ten: A September 11 Story was a required summer reading for all incoming sixth graders. The thought-provoking story follows four middle school students from across the country in the days leading up to and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This past Saturday, Rye Country Day co-hosted the "Saturday Summit on Social Justice" with The Masters School. Roughly 110 students, administrators, and faculty from independent schools throughout the Fairchester region attended the event, including nearly 30 from RCDS.
During challenging times like this, we as a school community need to come together in unity to support one another and reassure our students that school is a safe, respectful, and comfortable place for everyone - people of all races, religions, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, and socio-economic status. The diversity of our community is the strength of our community, and it enriches the experiences of everyone.
Every summer, Rye Country Day runs an academic enrichment program for highly motivated public school students who will be entering Grades 7, 8, and 9. The program runs every morning through the month of July, and seeks to expand the academic and intellectual horizons of promising students from local communities.
Kioni Shropshire-Maina '19 was recognized by the Westchester Chapter of the NAACP for her participation in the annual NAACP ACT-SO Competition. Kioni won a gold medal in the Poetry Written category and has qualified to compete at Nationals in San Antonio,Texas, this summer. Congratulations, Kioni!