September marks the start of the new year for Project Rousseau. This month we have been pleased to welcome many new students from our partner schools who have enthusiastically engaged in many of our programs.
We have had a particularly busy month for Broadening Horizons activities, often a favorite for our new students who are exploring their local area and the opportunities within it for the first time.
We started the month with a trip to the Natural History Museum Planetarium where they were able to experience the incredible astrophysical resources that are available at the Hayden Planetarium. The students enjoyed viewing the depths of space from right here in NYC!
Next, we combined our Community Service and Broadening Horizons pillars as our students were invited to attend the 2018 Peace First Summit based on the positive work they have been doing in their own communities here in NYC. The day was focused on young leaders who are working to create a brighter, more peaceful future across the world. A selection of trailblazing young leaders took to the stage to speak about their pain, triumphs and the ways they have learned to use compassion, courage, and collaboration to create lasting change in their schools and communities. There was also a number of amazing performances by musicians and dancers from across the country, showing just what you can achieve if you put your mind to it! It was an incredibly inspiring day full of great ideas, initiatives and hope for a brighter future!
The month ended with a visit from our Danish partner school, Rysensteen Gymnasium. Project Rousseau Student Leaders had an amazing time greeting and touring our 24 Danish student visitors around Harlem.
Student leaders took the visitors to Washington Heights and Manhattanville to teach them about the vibrant history present in the two areas. Along the way, they visited a few local parks and showcased some of the significant works of graffiti art. The students had an opportunity to discuss the meaning behind the publicly displayed works. Additionally, the Danish students were able to see Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater.
After a long day of lively learning and conversation, the students ate together at Tom’s Diner, where they took a group photo to commemorate the eventful day. The annual visit from Danish students is a wonderful Project Rousseau tradition that creates meaningful bonds between internationally diverse students.