Every year, seventh grade global studies students create a community action project, which allows them to connect their personal passions with a global theme.
Past themes have ranged from women’s rights to displaced peoples to refugees and water. This year’s theme was “Little Change-Makers,” as students explored how young people across the globe have been making positive impacts within our global community. After the pandemic struck, the class changed the theme to “Little Change-Makers in a COVID19 World.”
For her project, student Madeleine F. is making a “Covid Quilt” to honor those who have died from the virus for her community action project for seventh grade global studies. She created a website called CovidQuilt2020.comwith all the details for the project.
“The quilting idea is really dear to my heart,” said seventh grade global studies teacher Chuck Neddermeyer. “The LGBTQ+ community was deeply impacted by the AIDS epidemic throughout the 1980s and 90s. Now, COVID19 threatens all communities, and I am filled with excitement just thinking about the power Madeleine’s work could have within our larger LA community.”
We’re so proud to see such incredible community action in progress!
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