Zoe with Mr. DeLaney and Mrs. Winter

Sometimes an experience happens that truly reinforces the value of what one does. This week I had such an experience in Middle School.

Several years ago, our eighth-grade off-campus trip received an overhaul! Our much-loved “School in the Mountains” was replaced with a trip to a Global Village in Maryland and Washington, D.C. The reasons were several, but paramount was to provide an experience that better aligns with our mission of preparing students to thrive in a complex and inter-dependent world. At about the same time, the eighth-grade project evolved into our current “Ravens in Action” effort, in which students research contemporary issues.

This Wednesday, Zoe Johnson ’16 shared the story of the work she and her brother, Jake ’17, began this summer to create Food4KidsNC, which grew to Food4 KidsUSA, an effort that seeks to help eradicate hunger in North Carolina and the United States. Zoe shared a compelling story of how her experiences in eighth grade, on the trip, engaging in research about world hunger, and how hearing alumni speaker Krissi Fajgenbaum ’11 speak of her work with Teens2Teens, prompted her to do something that matters. And she did! Food4KidsNC has earned over $11,000 for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Zoe inspired our current eighth graders to make the most of their experience next week, something we can be confident they will do.

Zoe presents to the eighth grade

We remind ourselves as educators that the journey counts as much as the outcome. Having the fortune to see both coming to fruition in two of our young charges is a powerful experience.

View Zoe’s PowerPoint presentation. (This file make take a few moments to load).

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