Classes will be canceled on this date so that the whole school community can come together to learn more about the concerns and successes of Africa today. In addition to hearing from guest speakers such as Ruth Stewart who will talk about Uganda and Rwanda, students will move through three rotations during the day. One session will include dancing and drumming from different regions of Africa, led by Shelby Jones of Cobra Gymnastics and Dance Center and Gary Meitrott. The other two sessions will focus on cultural aspects of Africa and inspirational features of the politics and history of Africa. There will be hands-on activities like water purification practices, survivor-themed exercises, games, stories and drama.
At lunchtime, there will be an Oxfam-inspired Hunger Banquet to further educate about world hunger issues and global disparity in food security. The day will culminate with reflections on the experience and will be followed by a time to dance and celebrate. Students involved in Long Trail's chapter of Kids Uniting for Rural Africa (KURA) through The BOMA Project were the initiators of this day of learning and inspiration.
Global mindedness is a central point of a Long Trail education; consequently, Long Trail has complemented its strong international student program with an investment in training and curriculum design to become the first International