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As part of their Hate Won’t Win unit, a seventh and eighth grade class of 32 students from James Simons School participated in an interactive dialogue facilitated by conNECKtedTOO TINY Business owners and civic leaders from their community. The interactive dialogue utilized props, acting and drawing as creative ways to broach topics like poverty, cyber bullying, unemployment, peer pressure and racial profiling. Organized by their teacher, Jennifer Savage and conNECKtedTOO program facilitator Victoria Moore, the goal was to provide a space for youth to express their thoughts on relevant issues and to promote social awareness and cultural consciousness.

Here are some of the students’ reflections:

“…we told mini stories about how someone or something showed discrimination based on the color of their skin.”

“From doing this activity I learned doing a small skit or thing like that you can make a big point or teach people things in a fun and creative way.”

“During the mini summit I learned that people get bullied for being Jewish and that gossip is caused because of hate and jealousy people have against each other.”

“I realized that it isn’t hard to work with new people. Some people you might not even know and yet you can have a lot of similarities.”

“What I learned from yesterday is that you can stand up for anyone and your rights.”

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