On January 24, 2014, students and faculty took the day off from their daily routine to spend the day learning about issues of peace and justice. This year, our organizing theme was the Parable of the Good Samaritan which Martin Luther King, Jr. recast into his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech. We asked our students to consider the question, "who is my neighbor?" and imagine how they can reach out and get to know their neighbors, as well as be the kind of people who will stop and help others. Grades did projects to get to know our surrounding neighbors (with visits to the Public Library, Howard Area Community Center and Misericordia; visits with firemen and policemen; interviews of local neighbors; research on landmarks in the surrounding area; and the creation of peace cards to share with our neighbors).
Below is a list of the unique opportunities Sacred Heart children had this Justice Day, Friday, January 24, 2014:
Ernie Nolan, DePaul University Professor and Director of Number the Stars, the DePaul Theatre School’s production which the 4th grade saw on January 23, spoke with 4th Grade in the MPR.
Harry Osterman, Alderman, spoke at the Opening Assembly in the Gym and then he will work with Bob Remer to do a workshop with 6th Grade in the Gym.
Bob Remer, Edgewater Historical Society, spoke with 6th Grade in the Gym.
Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune journalist, spoke with 8th Grade in the Chapel, along with Chuck Osgood, former Chicago Tribune photographer.
Meg Wenzel, Director of Development Howard Area Community Center and Woodlands Graduate, was interviewed by 8th Grade.
Fireman Dan Anker spoke with various grades in the Chapel.
Officer Paul Wallace and his K-9 partner Redd did a demo in the Gym with various grades between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
During the Closing Assembly at the end of the day, the students were introduced to the 2014 Goal Award Recipient, the Howard Area Community Center and shared with them Peace Cards. The new SHS Glee Club also performed for the first time for both the entire school and at a special Middle School Assembly.
You can view and download photos from this year's Justice Day on flickr.
See the Justice 2013 Day poem-song Adam Shames of Poetry Pals created from the words and ideas gathered from the entire school community.