8th Graders Visit Cole Transportation Museum
Operation Breaking Stereotypes
A small group of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Orono Middle School will work with the Operation Breaking Stereotypes organization again this year as they partner with students at Indian Island School and Leonard Middle School in Old Town.
This group will meet weekly and will travel to Indian Island and to LMS to tour their schools. Our students will also host Indian Island and LMS students here at OMS. The focus of this group is to explore identity and culture in our communities and to facilitate conversations and activities that promote understanding and equity. The year will end with a special project that will allow students to share their knowledge and understanding of these issues with a wider audience to promote a more equitable world.
Refer to the following link to learn more about the Operation Breaking Stereotypes organization: http://www.operationbreakingstereotypes.org/
Messages that Matter
On September 12th, OMS 7th and 8th graders listened to a presentation led by Elizabeth Helitzer, the executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta. This presentation was titled “Messages that Matter.” Using historical images and modern advertising, the information shared was designed to “remind us that stereotypes are reinforced every day.” This presentation encouraged us all to “consider and discuss our relationship with the stereotypes we see, and our decisions of whether we choose to believe them or make up our own minds.” (https://hhrcmaine.org/programs-schools/)
We would like to thank Elizabeth for spending her afternoon with us.