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.
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.”
Every morning I am able, I greet students and their families at the front door of the school. As they enter, I shake hands and welcome them to the start of new school day.
FSMN alumnus Alex Christensen’s commentary for the Star Tribune “Questioning the ‘greening’ of America“ challenges us to ask “What is green?” Alex is currently a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, studying Environmental Studies and Spanish.
Every year, Friends School of Minnesota third and fourth graders host an evening Poetry Café for friends and family. Students present the Writers Workshop poems they spent the fall writing and serve treats to raise money for charity. This year’s Bayou classroom Poetry Café was a big hit!