On Wednesday, November 14, all Humanities Amped Students participated
in several exciting community building events. The morning began with Muffins with Mentors, a student designed opportunity for Humanities Amped students to meet in mixed grade-level groups to build relationships across the program. Muffins with Mentors was also the first time in program history that all Humanities Amped students gathered together in the same space!
Throughout the day the students participated in three separate conferences. The sophomores and seniors, partnered according to their groups from the morning, attended presentations at the LSU Student Union led by a variety of professionals. In the afternoon several seniors led sessions in which they collected data for their own research.
The English Language Learner cohort attended a similar conference at the LSU Honors College where they heard presentations from lawyers, activists, and other professionals. The students also toured the LSU campus and ended the afternoon with a soccer game.
The junior conference, entitled “Back to the Future: Bringing McKinley’s Past and Present Together to Build a Better Future” was held at the McKinley Alumni Center where Humanities Amped juniors, along with alumni from McKinley graduating classes dating back to 1962, engaged in powerful, inter-generational conversation about strengthening the McKinley community. Following the discussion of the morning, students and alumni attended workshops focusing on McKinley traditions, activism in South Baton Rouge, and the history of McKinley along with a tour of the McKinley Alumni Center museum.
On the evening of November 14, Humanities Amped students, families, and supporters gathered in the McKinley cafeteria for a Community Night. Attendants shared a potluck dinner, listened to various student and teacher speakers, and participated in a poetry writing workshop.
Your donations and support allow us to provide these powerful opportunities for our students to learn and grow together, and we want to thank you for your involvement in the work of Humanities Amped. We will be closing our GoFundMe campaign at the end of the year, but still need almost $400 to meet our goal for 2018. As the year comes to a close, we hope you will please consider contributing to Humanities Amped or sharing our campaign.