5th-grade students at Jackson Street School organized a Standing March outside the school today. Students of all grades and ages were encouraged to participate by listening to speeches, creating signs, and standing by the road to get their message out to passersby.
The organizers described their reasoning for calling it a Standing March in a detailed plan they sent to all school adults as a slideshow. “We chose ‘Standing March’ because ‘protest’ and ‘walkout’ sounded like we were against the leaders at JSS, and ‘rally’ sounded too chaotic. We decided on ‘Standing March’ because it’s friendly, but also it’s a good, strong name for all kids, because we want to make a change.”
5th graders led chants, read speeches, and listed their hopes and demands for action which included less trash, composting of waste food, and officially including climate change in the curriculum.
Nearly all classrooms went outside to participate in the Standing March, not just the upper grades. Students from across the age span made posters, chanted, and made their voices heard.
Organizers are hoping to pursue further actions such as a fundraiser and encouraging the Gazzette to publish more articles addressing climate change.
The students at Ryan Road and Jackson Street dove into the beginning of year with high-tech projects such as seen here–building Piper computers with the use of Raspberry Pi’s and monitors. Students traditionally have a step by step curriculum for each grade level exposing them to different aspects of this overall project like the physical construction, learning to code with Minecraft code and then moving onto the Piper code, however Covid has students a bit off schedule. This is an example of students diving into the construction part and they will go over circuits and electricity next week.