Each year, Friends School of Minnesota creates a performance around its Quaker values and the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s performance was on January 13, 2012 at O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. The celebration focused on the Quaker values of justice and integrity and how Dr. King’s work embodied those values.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, over 150 people gathered at Friends School of Minnesota for a community-wide sing along and stories from the civil rights movement with Hollis Watkins.
Friends schools share a commitment to the Quaker values such as community. Friends School Lisburn in Ireland shot this video to highlight the sense of community found at the over 100 Friends schools worldwide. Their exuberance will make you smile!
“Juntos hacemos possible los sueños (Together we make dreams possible)” is the motto on the Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brochure, which I picked up during my recent visit to Cuba. The words resonated with me, as I feel this motto is also a part of the Friends School of Minnesota mission.
Parents looking at schools often ask why Friends School of Minnesota has mixed-age classrooms. In short, we believe that mixed-age classrooms room build community – which is a core Quaker value and a foundation of progressive education. Learning to work with people of different ages and abilities is what life is all about. Classrooms are great places to start.
In November, I traveled to Cuba with a group of 22 people to participate in two separate mission trips connecting the Episcopal church of Minnesota and the Episcopal church in Cuba. It was great to be back in Cuba!
In third and fourth grade social studies, we explore Quaker values and how students can try to implement these values in their lives. These include Integrity, Community, Simplicity, Stewardship, Justice, Equality and Peace as well as the idea that “There is that of God in everyone.”
When 9/11 happened, I was in my second week of student teaching. I was completely clueless about how to talk about the events with my students. Current events weren’t a part of my lesson plans and most kids didn’t seem all that interested in what was happening miles away from our home in northern Minnesota. But on that day, what was happening in New York and the world seemed very.. Read More