On April 6, 21 Garrison Forest Upper School students and three faculty members headed to New York City for WE Day New York, a kick-off event for the year-long WE Schools program. Held in 14 cities across the United States throughout the year, WE Day brings together students and world-renowned speakers and performers with the goal of inspiring students to become agents of change.
The students heard speeches and performances from singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher, multimedia icon Angie Martinez, actress and social activist Skai Jackson and Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez, among many others. The speakers talked about their own commitment to taking on causes to create positive change in the world, and motivated students to become passionate about causes of their own.
Student WE Day participants are not charged a fee for admission, but are instead charged with taking on one local and one global action through the WE Schools program. Ten of the 21 GFS participants will travel to the Kisaruni Girls' Secondary School in Kenya this summer for a service learning trip as part of Garrison Forest's ME to WE partnership. All of the students were inspired to take part in service learning in the GFS community and abroad and will take part in a ME to WE club at GFS next year.