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!
Eleventh grader Samantha Buchbinder, President of the Être Girls Club, sponsored the club's second discussion of the year for twenty of our middle school students.
During February, students and faculty at RCDS recognized and celebrated Black History Month. Several Upper School students handed out pins featuring the colors of the Pan-African Flag, and even though February is now behind us, many are still wearing the pins. Ali Morgan, director of Diversity and Inclusion, says: "Black History Month is a time when we make a special point to celebrate the achievements of African Americans, but we also work all year long to make sure that black people and all people of color see themselves reflected in our curriculum and in our community.