Social Studies

We are currently in the heart of our unit on homelessness, having hosted Dan Kelly – head of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County – for a Q & A a few weeks back and having just taken a field trip to the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor. Students have moved beyond common stereotypes and have been researching reasons people become homeless, support and services across the country and in Washtenaw County, and a variety of theories about best ways to address the issue. They assumed roles – city councilmen/-women, nice neighbors, business owners, police officers, etc. – and debated a number of different topics surrounding the issue and are currently writing persuasive essays on some of those same issues. We are also in the early stages of preparing a simulation for parents, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 5:00 PM in the gym. This is one of my favorite events and I can’t wait to see what twists this year’s students put on it.

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