Woolman has a partnership with MetWest, an alternative public high school in Oakland, CA. We visited this sister school on a recent trip to the Bay Area to explore prison and education systems and how they tie together.
As we drove up to the school, Dontae (a student of MetWest and Woolman), was yelling and whooping with excitement and begged for the windows to be opened so he could yell out to his friends. There was great excitement from everyone to learn more about MetWest by vistiting the school.
After a long day we students were excited the next activity would be in the home we were staying at for the week. We migrated to the comfy basement for a workshop with LJ.
All us sprawled out on the couches and carpet to watch a video about At The Crossroads. At The Crossroads is an organization LJ works for by doing outreach for to homeless youth and young adults. At The Crossroads provides various services such as handing out food/condoms/toothbrushes, counseling, helping set up interviews, etc.
“Igniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world” This is the mission statement of Generation Waking Up, an organization that Students of the Woolman Spring 2014 Semester were introduced to during the Global Issues Peace Studies Trip last week.
We met with two ambassadors for the organization, Barbara and Mary, whose goal was to first AWAKEN, second EMPOWER, and lastly MOBILIZE the public.
We are writing to share that Marjorie Fox has resigned as Head of School at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center. She served as Head of School from January 2013 to March 15, 2014. Our former Head of School, Dorothy Henderson, has returned as Interim Head of School, beginning March 16, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
This semester, we decided to stay right here at Woolman for our service day and work on our own land. We widened and flattened the Pottery Trail, making it more accessible to people with a range of physical abilities. Once we work on the two bridges on the trail, we will have an accessible loop, connecting the Art (Pottery) Barn to the Fire Road, to Mel's Pond, to Woolman Lane, and back down to main campus. Thanks to our wonderful community intern Tom for these photos!
One of my favorite parts of teaching Peace Studies is the opportunity to read and discuss Assata, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. The book raises critical questions about race and racism, prisons, violence, social change, and resiliency and hope in the midst of tremendous injustice—themes that unfortunately are all too relevant today. Here, students Imani Sherley and Sophie Tuchel share some of their first impressions:
“It was amazing the number of people who said they were too Black already” (Assata, 25).
Here at Woolman there is a lot going on in the way of classes and community life, but what really has me excited is my sustainability project! I will be building a miniature house out of pallets, which will then be filled with plants and used for farm education. This week the pallets came!