HOPE Club to Lodhi Gardens

On Saturday, October 10th the MS and HS HOPE Club ventured to Lodhi Gardens with students and teachers from the Tigri School. From the middle school, Aishwari and Skye joined Dr. Frazier and the other high school students.

Our AES students taught the children how to make the kite. It was a beautiful place to make and fly a kite–with the Bara Gumbad Complex in the background < http://islamic-arts.org/2013/bara-gumbad-masjid-delhi/ >.

Dr. Frazier learned how to make these simple glider-kites from an Australian at a workshop sponsored by NASA in Houston–for teachers from schools connected with the Office of Overseas Schools. At the time, Dr. Frazier was teaching at Dhahran Academy, Saudi Arabia. That summer the workshop group met the ten teacher astronaut candidates, including Christa McAuliffe. They had just finished “0-g” simulation aboard a retrofitted big jet nicknamed, The Vomit Comet. Dr. Frazier has introduced this kite to all ages all over the world. A very durable design–nearly everyone is always successful.

It was an amazing backdrop – kites and monuments. The students from Tigri already know quite a bit about kid flying, but they were very interested in these as they varied some from the traditional design.

Population Project: Creative Expression

After so much learning with the Population Project all spring, 8th grade students then shared their learning through a Creative Expression project. Students chose one of the options below in order to present their expertise to a target audience as a way of raising awareness of their topic.

Check out these amazing, impressive posters:

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And enjoy these great performance and “Ted” style talks.

8th Grade POP Field Trips

On Wednesday, 8th grade students ventured out into Delhi to explore their Population Project topics. Students had the opportunity to see with their own eyes:

  • The issues they are researching
  • Contributing factors
  • The people who are living these issues
  • The experts working to find solutions

Field Trip 1: Yamuna River Walk

  • Visit 4 locations along the Yamuna in Delhi
  • See the ways that the citizens, the city, and industry impact this river

Field trip 2 :Education and Camp Communities

  • Visit to a School in Tigiri run by the HOPE Foundation
  • Learn about daily life and issues facing children and families in India
  • Meet and talk with students
  • See how opportunity and challenges are faced by the school and the students
  • Visit students in their homes and have a chance to interview them

Trip 5: Gender Issues

  • creates safe spaces across India where women in need can come to live and work.
  • At W+S women are taught to use the skills they have or develop new ones.
  • Apparel and accessories produced by the women are then sold to overseas markets.

Asha Foundation

  • Community empowerment programs in slums
  • Slum development programs
  • Family planning education
  • Maternal and infant health


Reflection: At the end of the day, students reflected on their experiences, including their learning from the trip.


7th Grade Aanchal Field Trip

The 7th grade ‘Day of Service’ went off without a hitch! It was a beautiful spring day, and we enjoyed a walk through the neighborhood of Malcha Marg en route to Aanchal School. Once we reached Aanchal School, all 7th graders once again met up with their Aanchal school buddies (this was our third and final meeting). AES and Aanchal students together spent one hour rehearsing and polishing their skits. Our second hour at Aanchal school was spent watching and participating in skits on topics such as: Traffic Safety, hygiene, pollution and littering as well as a few folktales and dance numbers. We celebrated with snacks provided by the PSA (thanks!). In the afternoon, 7th graders worked on advisory and team-building through a K’nex challenge, improv and leisurely reading time on the lawn. All in all, it was a great way to cap off our service project, and to usher in spring break.  Enjoy the photos and the video below.

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7th Grade Aanchal School Exchange

Thursday, seventh graders hosted approximately 130 Aanchal students and staff on the MS field; our first Aanchal exchange of the year. AES and Aanchal students rotated through six stations, taking part in activities such as bowling, clay jewelry making, art rubbings, parachute games and soccer! For our AES students, it is both challenging and rewarding to work with students with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities. We look forward to two more visits– on March 10th and March 18th. Parents are welcome 🙂

POP Speakers Day

Thursday was a great day for 8th graders studying the Population Project.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds engaged our students with presentations and question/answer sessions that expanded and deepened their understanding.

Follow this link to the Guest Speakers page to see what they shared with us!

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–This post is credited to Mr. Coleman and Mr. Currey. Find more information about the Population Project at this link.

HOPE Club Trip to Zoo

Hope Club led a wonderful trip to the Zoo on Saturday 17 January for the children of the Hope Foundation School in Tigri. 130 students from the Tigri School with their teachers toured the zoo with 14 middle school students, 15 high school students, and 14 adult volunteers from the AES faculty and staff.

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