What's Providence doing about rising sea levels and flood preparation? What's the state of hospital sanitation? What's Systemic Impact? Ask a CP 7th-grader! They have the answers.
Ten CP 7th-graders spent Monday at the State House with hundreds of other Rhode Island middle and high school students, walking the halls and presenting the projects they've been working on during the fall trimester at Civics Day, the culminating event of their work with Generation Citizen, an organization that has helped over 30,000 middle and high school students take important civic action that has lasting local effects.
One section of 7th grade focused on the city's preparedness for flooding, something the region might see more of if sea levels continue to rise. The other section of 7th grade focused on hospital sanitation, and whether laws can be made to keep hospitals, patients and the neighborhoods hospitals are a part of cleaner. Both groups made strong presentations and left judges and peers impressed with their work. The group from Ms. DeJesus' class, who focused on hospital sanitation, won an award for systemic impact-- they showed logical, evidence-based reasoning in their work to explain how their project addresses the systemic root causes of their issue.
Gloria, a 7th-grader whose class focused on sea level rise and city preparations for flooding, had a full day as presenter. "It was an interesting experience, and it challenged my presentation skills. Generation Citizen helped me to be more aware of topics we should be focusing on in the community in general."
Ella, whose group won the Systemic Impact award, said, "It was an insightful look at the problems in our community that we overlook and how we can make a difference."
Irene, who was also one of the people presenting the award-winning project on hospital sanitation, said, "It was nice knowing our hard work paid off, and good to be recognized. It was also nice to see our fellow students happy and doing good work."
Seventh-grade social studies teacher Cauley Greene spent the day with them and came away impressed by what he saw. "It was amazing to see these students walk the corridors of the State House-- any one of the students I saw would be at home in that space, influencing community and health of their neighbors as a lawmaker or lobbyist or community leader. I'm glad they had this opportunity, and I'm glad I was able to witness all of these young people working at making things better. It's great they got a chance to engage with the wider world."
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