Students from the Senior Leadership class at Calhoun High School presented to the seventh grade social studies classes at Merrick Avenue Middle School on the power of symbols and the difference between positive symbols, negative symbols and those symbols which represent hate.
Teacher Brian Joyce helped students hone their lessons, which incorporated video lessons and question and answer prompts. Ten student volunteers visited various classrooms on April 27.
“We want to spread awareness to the district so that students are more well educated on this topic,” said Gabriela Castillo.
“Another goal is to make sure school stays an inclusive environment,” added Sophia Philis.
They also educated students on hate crime and hateful vandalism laws, as well as the meaning behind a swastika and why its imagery denotes a negative and hateful connotation.
“Whether or not you feel what it represents, it still hurst others,” said Noah Paymer. “And actions have consequences, especially when it comes to symbols such as these.”
“When you draw a hate symbol, it portrays something that can really hurt another individually emotionally,” added Thomas Morash.
They are later visiting eighth grade classes with a similar message.
“This is the second year having lessons and we wanted whole building to get the same message how hate and intolerance can lead to serious problems,” explained Christina Cone, a social studies chairperson.
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Date Added: 5/3/2023