Monday, March 14, 2016

Valley Students Join Forces to Fight Prejudice

Approximately 100 students, all members of the Human Relations Club, from Ansonia, Derby , Shelton and the newest addition,  Eli Whitney Technical School in Hamden, will come together to implement an education program, for all 4th grade and kindergarten students at Mead and Prendergast Schools in Ansonia and Bradley and Irving Schools in Derby. 

The two days of teaching will focus on the themes of “Who Am I” and “Celebrating Differences” in the 4th grade and “Being Kind and Recognizing and Accepting Differences in People” in kindergarten. The main purpose of this program is to instill in students an understanding of the importance of working together and getting along in the diverse world we live in.

The HRC student leaders serve as role models, and inspire and motivate the younger children to embrace these concepts. Student leaders started working on this education program during the summer and through their efforts, age appropriate teaching packets were developed for use in the schools. Teaching dates will be March 23 and March 31, 2016.

All students who are participating in this program will take part in an all-day student developed and conducted training session on Tuesday, March 15,  at the Ansonia Boys and Girls Club . The collaborative effort between adults and students in Ansonia, Derby and Shelton, and Eli Whitney, has been amazing and has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Human Relations Club.
The entire Human Relations Club, including students and adults, are deeply appreciative of the Valley Community Foundation and the Katharine Matthies Foundation. Both of these organizations have validated the work of the HRC by providing much needed funding to support its many programs.
For more information regarding the Human Relations Clubs please contact Nick Collicelli at 203-305-6342 or  

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