Empathy has been a theme of the Middle School throughout the entire year. Beginning with all middlers reading “Wonder” by RJ Palacio and going to the theatre on opening day to view the film, along with hosting a variety of speakers and further exploring empathy in advisory, students have been immersed in learning about this important life skill. This exploration continued on Wednesday with former eighth-grade history teacher, Mr. Rick Dow, who served as our lead speaker in Chapel. His message focused on listening to the stories of others, including a brief learning moment where we practiced listening to those who sat around us during the service. Mr. Dow, with assistance from Rev. Nichols, also shared with us two videos, see links here and here about walking in someone else’s shoes. All middlers were also challenged to eat with their non-dominant hand at lunch or to wear their shoes on the wrong feet on their walk back to the Middle School.
In support of Mr. Dow’s message, Mrs. Kidd and Mrs. Overdorf also sang a beautiful rendition of “By My Side” from Godspell with accompaniment by Dr. Fanning on guitar. The ministry of music concluded with our eighth-grade math student teacher, Mr. Steven Turner, playing the organ.