"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The values of study, reflection, community, and service are at the core of the Capstone Project, and driving questions include: "What are the needs in my community? What passions and talents can I offer? What small actions can I take to make an impact in my own community?"
Eighth Graders have developed an understanding of social justice at the local level, and the role that people play in working for positive social change. Students identified personal passions and found ways in which their passions intersect with needs in the Bay Area as part of the Capstone Project. Students then designed their own service learning project.
As a cross-curricular project, they also created related artwork, read texts, wrote poetry and reflections, and practiced public speaking. Students shared their Capstone presentations with the community, a highlight each year, as we all learned more about how to better serve our local and global communities.
Joanna Mueller, Eighth Grade History Teacher