A very nice trip today celebrate Earth Day with the children from Tigri–who loved having a chance to visit the park. In one photo, the densely populated neighborhood can be seen on the boundary of the wildlife sanctuary.
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.
- 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.
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.
In Grade 6, we took some time to explore the difference between acting out of self-interest and acting in the interest of others. More specifically, we engaged in a simulation called the “Ice Cream” Game, where students were placed into communities of varying degrees of privilege (or none at all) and then acted out. Once the simulation finished, we unpacked why we behave in such self-interested ways. In the afternoon, we took some time to define the concept of empathy and then research examples of teen activists, who are driven by their sense of empathy. We ended the day trying to think about how we can begin taking action to be more empathetic on a daily basis, as well as on a larger community and world-wide scale.
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 🙂
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.
A favorite annual event – the High School and Middle School Hope Club students organize visits, activities, field trips, and celebrations throughout the year for children at the Hope Foundation School in Tigri (http://www.hopeworldwide.org.in/coh-delhi-cdp.aspx). The school serves children from an impoverished neighborhood in south Delhi. In addition to planning the day’s activities, our exceptionally competent and compassionate club members had received donations and prepared gift bags for the 200+ children at the school. And Santa got to give out the presents! What fun!
For the 18 October trip with a Halloween theme, the m.s. Hope Club members played Trick and Treat with students from Tigri School. Each child would draw a “trick” from a pumpkin (directions for a silly skit or stunt). After performing for the entire class, the “tricker” would get a treat. Then children all made masks. A great time with much laughter and many smiles.
Ms. Lowen took 25 students to Friendicos Animal Shelter on Saturday, September 13th for the first service action trip of the year. Students had a great time and there was so much interest that we may need to plan a second trip back to the shelter! Check out the great photos below.
Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Schmid accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge this morning after our weekly assembly. They have also donated money to support ALS research. We challenged all of our middle school students to find a way to be of service this year.