Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have some events happening this week and next at EHS that I would like to share with you.
Tomorrow, our No Place for Hate Club is conducting an activity created by the Anti-Defamation League as part of its “A World of Difference” program. All students will have an opportunity to participate during FLEX block. Students will privately reflect on the groups with which they identify and can choose to share through an anonymous Google Form the one that best describes them, as well as a positive and/or a negative experience they have had as a result of their belonging to that group. The club will then compile the names of the groups shared by students, and a mural will be created for display that highlights our diversity as a school community. Their aim in creating the mural is to show that everyone has a place and is welcome in our school.
Throughout the week of April 8-12, students in the GSA club will promote empathy and compassion. They will do so by selling stickers, pins, and other items that students can wear to support their LGBT classmates. They will also post flyers on club bulletin boards and decorate one of our display cases to promote inclusion. On Friday, our normal morning announcements will be delivered in audio only through our PA system. One of these announcements will be submitted by the GSA club. It will share statistics related to bullying and depression in LGBT students, ask for students to show empathy and compassion to all classmates, and include a moment of silence for anyone who has been the victim of any type of hate crime.
Next Wednesday, April 10th, the Activism Club is sponsoring its second annual Day of Action. Students who have lunch or study halls can sign up to attend optional sessions being conducted throughout the day by various student groups. These include a school uplifting activity, a panel discussion with several of our current school board members, a suicide awareness activity, school safety panel discussion, women in the workplace discussion, environmental activism session, and a facilitated discussion about later start time for secondary students. Throughout the day, students can also come and write letters to their legislators on any topic/issue of interest and/or register to vote if they are of age to do so.
We look forward to supporting students in these endeavors, which all align with both the mission and vision of the East Penn School District.
The East Penn School District will provide a learning environment in which students will become effective problem solvers, collaborators, critical thinkers, and communicators.
The East Penn School District will empower students to maximize their individual potential and become lifelong learners and contributors to a global society.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of our administrative team. Thank you!
Dr. Kate Kieres, Principal
Emmaus High School