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Exploring Rights in the Lower School

Each year, the entire Lower School takes a week to examine the rights of all living things. This annual exploration of rights, known as Rights Week, began in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Each grade learns about a different set of rights, how they were earned, and how important it is to continue to fight to protect those rights.

PK spent the week focusing on the rights of the environment. Through books, nature walks, garden clean-ups and other nature based activities they learned about the importance of their environment and protecting its health. 

Kindergarten explored the rights of domestic animals. Students enjoyed a visit from friends from the BARCS animal shelter. They learned how pets are to be treated and cared for and how to greet a dog that they do not know. After the visit, students made dog treats and cat toys that were donated to the furry friends at BARCS that are still looking for a home.

First grade researched the plight of endangered species around the world and then took all the knowledge they gained to create posters to help raise awareness. They learned what they can do at home to help animals around the globe during a presentation from Craig Whiteford.

After studying about the fight for women's rights, second graders took to the halls to march for women's right to vote. They called for equality as they passed by balloons they had made that were meant to "pop" gender stereotypes.

Third graders took the week to learn about the many important people who organized, rallied, and protested during the Civil Rights era. Their research will help them as they develop their Living Civil Rights Museum in March.

Fourth graders looked at the rights of children. They analyzed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and discussed what more needs to be done to protect the rights of children around the world. They were also visited by representatives from Advocates for Youth and Children, who explained the struggles some children face right here at home.