On Wednesday, November 14, all Humanities Amped Students participated
in several exciting community building events. The morning began with Muffins with Mentors, a student designed opportunity for Humanities Amped students to meet in mixed grade-level groups to build relationships across the program. Muffins with Mentors was also the first time in program history that all Humanities Amped students gathered together in the same space!
Throughout the day the students participated in three separate conferences. The sophomores and seniors, partnered according to their groups from the morning, attended presentations at the LSU Student Union led by a variety of professionals. In the afternoon several seniors led sessions in which they collected data for their own research.
The English Language Learner cohort attended a similar conference at the LSU Honors College where they heard presentations from lawyers, activists, and other professionals. The students also toured the LSU campus and ended the afternoon with a soccer game.
The junior conference, entitled “Back to the Future: Bringing McKinley’s Past and Present Together to Build a Better Future” was held at the McKinley Alumni Center where Humanities Amped juniors, along with alumni from McKinley graduating classes dating back to 1962, engaged in powerful, inter-generational conversation about strengthening the McKinley community. Following the discussion of the morning, students and alumni attended workshops focusing on McKinley traditions, activism in South Baton Rouge, and the history of McKinley along with a tour of the McKinley Alumni Center museum.
On the evening of November 14, Humanities Amped students, families, and supporters gathered in the McKinley cafeteria for a Community Night. Attendants shared a potluck dinner, listened to various student and teacher speakers, and participated in a poetry writing workshop.
Your donations and support allow us to provide these powerful opportunities for our students to learn and grow together, and we want to thank you for your involvement in the work of Humanities Amped. We will be closing our GoFundMe campaign at the end of the year, but still need almost $400 to meet our goal for 2018. As the year comes to a close, we hope you will please consider contributing to Humanities Amped or sharing our campaign.
Are you a McKinley Alumni or community member interested in participating in Back to the Future: Bringing McKinley's Past and Present Together to Build a Better Future? Sign up here by Nov. 7 by clicking on the link: https://goo.gl/forms/PB17PN16I0tz1qbJ2
Help us fundraise $12,000 by October 1st and $20K by December 1st!
Your generous contributions will be used to pay for:
- an English Language Learners (ELL) Coordinator that will serve immigrant students at McKinley High School
- a collaboration with Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T), an organization that empowers black male students to become teachers and serve their community
- materials for our students, including field trips, books, and technology
Please click on https://www.gofundme.com/humanities-amped to donate and spread the word. Your support is so important to Baton Rouge high school students.
This year Humanities Amped is participating in a nation-wide award competition that recognizes teachers and the great work they do. We have nominated Dr. Anna West and Ms. Destiny Cooper to get $2,500 each for much-needed classroom supplies--and you can help by voting for them every day during the month of June!
To do so, please go to https://www.farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/vote-for-a-teacher/vote-for-a-proposal-form/ and search for "Baton Rouge, Louisiana" to see Dr. West's and Ms. Cooper's proposals. To vote, do the following:
- click on Dr. West's and Ms. Cooper's proposals.
- enter your email address and click submit.
- you will receive a confirmation email with a link: click on the link to confirm your vote.
Remember, you can vote for them every day!
Your support is invaluable.
The Humanities Amped Team.
Dr. Anna West’s Writing Lab class—11th and 12th graders—had their last visit at Polk Elementary today. Dr. West partnered the high schoolers with the Polk students as part of a creative writing initiative focused on poetry. All year long, McKinley students worked one-on-one with Polk children to help them improve literacy, communication, and creative writing skills.
Today was a celebration of that partnership. McKinley students led group games, organized a picnic, and offered their little partners a notebook including a letter of appreciation. In one of them, Mya, a higher schooler, told her partner Trinity that she was proud of her accomplishments and hoped to see her again. This was the general feeling of the day. Polk students praised their partners for helping them express their emotions through poetry, and McKinley students looked proud and humbled by their own abilities to mentor and lead younger children.
Ms. Sanders, the Polk teacher, told McKinley students that they were “leaders in the making” and insisted they keep in touch when they graduate in 2019 or 2020. I’ve had the chance to observe multiple workshops led by the Writing Lab and it is clear to me also that McKinley students are positive agents of change in their community.