My favorite service activity this year was working with my curation class to create the exhibit “X-Countries.” We compiled images of students’ ancestors who imigrated to America and paired them with stories about the family member. It was really amazing to see everyone’s stories, and I was happy to be able to help share these stories with our entire school community.
This year, I went to the Women’s March on Washington on January 20th. I went with a friend and my mother on a bus organized by a group of nuns from New York City there and back. It was such an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many people standing together for one cause. It was especially empowering as a woman to travel there with a group of women, familiar and unfamiliar, all fighting for our rights together. I am so happy that I got the chance to be a part of something bigger than myself and protest against a presidency that I along with the thousands of people that attended think goes against social liberties and freedoms in our country.
A photo from the march
This year I helped with Andrea Aimi’s 4th grade art class to get in-school service credit; however, it was so much more than just a way to fufill service requirements. As a lover of art, observing how it is taught and spread was very beneficial to me. It was great to see all that goes in to teaching young children how to appreciate art. I felt a part of the classroom connection as I helped prepare the materials for the lessons, answer any of the students’ questions, and clean up after class. It was a wonderful experience that I hope to be able to do next year.