Written by Director of Civic and Global Engagement Fran Turner
Lovett students may be masked and socially distanced, but that doesn’t stop them from engaging with the world around them. SING--Lovett’s Service Initiative for Ninth Grade -- has helped Lovett students connect with the community for the past 25 years, and though tomorrow’s socially-distanced, on campus, version may look a little different, the students will have the opportunity to connect with community leaders and lay the groundwork for a future of meaningful community engagement.
Jasmine Waters Page from the Center for Civil and Human Rights will kick the day off by helping students to break down some of the stereotypes around homelessness in Atlanta. Each ninth-grade advisory will also virtually interview the leader of a community nonprofit and create a podcast or video to tell their story. Though students will not have the opportunity to camp on a church basement floor as in years past, they will enjoy lunch with their senior PALs and get to spend some quality bonding time with fellow advisees.
With luck, the 9th grade will have the opportunity in the spring to go off-campus and visit their community partners in person. But whether they have the opportunity to go in person or to stay in touch virtually, Lovett students will now have personal connection with a community leader who can help them learn more about the city we live in.