Pictured above at left with Upper School Director Lowell Libby and Upper School Dean of Students Cathie Connors.
Olya Gregg ’20, Eliza Gervais ’20, Assistant Head for Student Life Lydia Maier ’90, Ian McClure-Chute ’20, Amelia Bertaska ’18 and Laura Baginski ’18 (crouching) pose outside the walk-in refrigerator at Preble Street this past Saturday. It was much colder outside than in the fridge!
The “Racial Awareness at Waynflete” group (RAaW) was created for students who are interested in examining the impact of race at Waynflete, in Portland, and around the world. Students meet for lunch and activities during the school year. The group also sponsors a movie night and Martin Luther King Jr. activities, and is also involved in the school’s New England Youth Identity Summit.
RAaW recently held its annual retreat where students deepened their understanding of race and got to know each other better.
“Caring participation in the world” is a cornerstone of Waynflete’s mission. The global citizenship courses offered by Students Shoulder to Shoulder provide students and faculty with the opportunity to learn what sustainable development looks like in our global community. Courses take place in both the U.S. and international locations and are facilitated by our longstanding NGO partners. Many projects focus on environmental projects that are consistent with the UN Millennium goals.
The Upper School’s Active Community Engagement group has participated in monthly breakfast shifts at Preble Street Resource Center for three years. Shifts accommodate between 5-8 students. Students also work with Furniture Friends (a new nonprofit that helps distribute gently used furniture to those in need) and South Portland Rotary Club (on Bug Light upkeep and Christmas tree sales in Mill Creek).