On November 30, the 7th grade class filled Braun and the patio outside with presentations designed to showcase the unbelievable impact one person can make in their community. Each student created an exhibit about an "upstander," someone in the community who is making positive social change. In their quest to find out how far the “power of one” can reach, students interviewed many “upstanders,” including Kenny Hasegawa from Down But Not Out, an organization that helps homeless people in Skid Row; Elizabeth Dever, Director of Ronald McDonald House, a home to families whose children have a long term health issue and are staying at the Huntington Hospital; Alexandria Carrion, an environmentalist and artist who picks up trash around the world and recycles it into jewelry; and many more.
The Power of One project grew out of the Holocaust and Human Behavior curriculum taught by Mrs. Bizar and Mr. Cross in 7th grade History and English. "We spend most of time during the unit grappling with understanding the implications of decisions that people made during that tumultuous time period," said Mrs. Bizar. "We look at how bigotry grows into movements and how bystanding became the norm. I knew that I didn't want to end the unit without looking at a what a difference a single act of kindness can make in a person's life. We learn about what it took for people to rescue Jews and hide them in their homes, or take other great measures to protect them by risking their own lives. I thought it would be a powerful experience to focus on this idea of upstanding: not standing idly by in the face of injustice, and look at how it can affect a community."
Clair S. '23 presented her exhibit about Carol Pearson who empowers girls through music at Rock N Roll Camp For Girls. Claire said of her project, "I feel like I learned something crazy. My upstander is this amazing person who saw something that needed to be done, said 'I can fix this,' and she did it. This project tells us what we can do to make a difference. It doesn't have to be saving a life, even if it's the smallest thing like saying something nice to somebody, anything helps."