Last week, the Upper School Gathering was devoted to highlighting two large-scale service learning projects. First, the 10th grade class reported on the trail clearing they completed as a grade during the day of service and bonding on September 28. Aaron Razi Baseman '20 and Evan Dries '20 shared a video they created capturing the day.
Next, Upper School Spanish teacher and 9th Grade Dean Michelle Simonds set the context for Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15, and introduced Upper School history teacher and Global Studies Coordinator Maria Shepard, who delivered a personal narrative about her childhood in Puerto Rico and the recent hurricane that ravaged the island (read Ms. Shepard's remarks here).
Finally, a group of students prepared and presented a presentation about the history of Puerto Rico and a moving video about members of the Princeton Day School community who have ties to Puerto Rico, and their experiences upon hearing about the hurricane. It was a powerful assembly for our students. On Wednesday, October 11, there will be fundraiser for Puerto Rico with sales of Rita's Ice and "Puerto Rico: Se Levanta" computer stickers. All money raised will go towards the Hispanic Federation to help in hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.