Thursday –

Every morning begins the same way here at The Discovery Center: wake-up at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. After our morning routine students began their cycle of academic lessons. Each team of students participated in two lesson blocks before lunch.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

Progressive City Planners: Working together in small groups, students get to design and create a simulated city. Students must identifying where they would like to place the grocery stores, shopping centers and major roadways as well as jails, garbage dumps, polluting businesses and so on. Students explore the concepts of social justice and environmental racism: when certain groups of people, based on the color of their skin and the amount of money they have, live in polluted and toxic areas that can be harmful to their health.

After lunch we watched a thought-provoking documentary entitled, Mighty Times: The Children’s March. This film shows the true story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 in protest of racial segregation during the Civil Right Movement. Their heroism led to discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change and participate in civic involvement.

The afternoon was full of team-building and Diversity activities. At The Discovery Center we know that in order to be successful in school and beyond it’s important to have the skills necessary to work effectively with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Our activities are specifically designed to help foster open dialogue, healthy approaches to conflict, and the value of individual and group differences which will lead to more productive and inclusive environments.

We did a little more dancing after dinner and then… CAMP FIRE! The camp fire is a favorite activity for staff and students alike. We gather around the fire, share stories, sing songs, enjoy skits, roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It was a great way to end the night before our night time procedure and lights out!

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