Category Archives: Global Citizenship

Hamlin’s Book Drive

From November 2nd through 17th, Hamlin students and parents worked diligently to collect 3,346 books that were generously donated by members of our community. The volunteers sorted and stacked books during lunch with dedication and care. The large team of students also organized the event in terms of advertising and getting the word out.

This year books were donated to:

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Grade 1 Students Visit Calvary Presbyterian Church

On November 7, Grade 1 students walked to Calvary Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street to meet seniors in our nearby San Francisco community. The girls were given a tour of the church and chapel by Alison Faison (Director of Children and Family Ministries), before performing in front of seventy people who were gathered for Calvary’s Tuesday lunch program for adults over the age of 60.

Hamlin students sung “Inch by Inch” and “America the Beautiful,” led by music teacher, Kate Roseman. After singing, the girls distributed handmade cards, connecting with women and men in the audience.

One senior commented:

It was so refreshing to have you here. There is hope for the future. Please come back.

-Special thanks to Marion Stanton, (mother of former Hamlin students, Elizabeth ’98 and Anne ’00), for helping to facilitate this meaningful visit.

Simply the Basics Visits Hamlin

Meghan Freebeck, the founder of Simply the Basics and CEO of Project Homeless Connect visited The Hamlin School on October 24. Simply the Basics provides personal hygiene products to those in need.

The Mission of Simply the Basics is to provide for individuals, organizations, and communities their most basic needs with dignity so that they can focus on bigger goals. We simply remove barriers, allowing people to have the opportunity to achieve.

Ms. Freebeck spoke about the following (among other topics):

-Simply the Basics supports people based on “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”

-Simply the Basics conducted extensive research before launching their nonprofit

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Hamlin Provides Northern California Fire Relief

On October 6, The Hamlin School (led by Grade 8 students) launched a drive to support hurricane victims in Florida and Texas. On October 10, students arrived to school smelling smoke from the horrific fires burning in nearby Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Solano counties. With a quick pivot, the Hamlin community shifted efforts to support victims of the Northern California fires. (Some supplies will still go to hurricane victims). Many students and faculty have friends and relatives who have lost homes and are coping with tremendous loss.

On October 13, we dropped off a large SUV worth of Hamlin-donated items to the Bay Marin Community Church in San Rafael. The church is very dialed in to the needs of the firefighters and shelters serving Napa, Windsor, and Petaluma. Altogether, the church is distributing goods all day and night to thousands of evacuated people.

We are continuing to collect your generous donations. The Bay Marin Community Church updates their specific list of needs every few hours.
You can see their updates by visiting: http://baymarin.org/wildfire-update/
Below is a current list. Other items in demand are: cots, face masks, pack ‘n plays. Gift cards are also always appreciated.

 

10/13 10:45am

Urgent Needs: (Please help us meet to Urgent needs of local Fire Fighters)

  • Men’s underwear
  • Granola/food bars
  • Gatorade
  • Undershirts
  • Foot powder (Gold Bond Extra Strength)
  • Tube Socks

Current Needs (It’s getting cold at night):

  • New sweatshirts
  • New jackets
  • New sweatpants

Please continue to drop off items at either the Stanwood or McKinne entrances to The Hamlin School.

Grade 7 Students Volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank

On September 28, Grade 7 students volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank and participated in a Hunger 101 simulation. This experience was part of their ongoing study of food insecurity and homelessness. Throughout the year students will be learning more about these issues. Many students will volunteer with Lava Mae, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, and hygiene for thousands of people in San Francisco. In the spring, Hamlin students will put their own problem-solving skills to work as part of our Rise to the Challenge project. For RTC they will conduct intense research and come up with action-oriented solutions.

As more and more people struggle to make ends meet, the need for the SF-Marin Food Bank has grown in recent years. On a weekly basis 30,000 families are fed by the SF-Marin Food bank through 450 Bay Area community partners. Before volunteering, Hamlin students took a brief tour of the warehouse and learned about the mission and overall operation. The girls worked for about 2 hours and packed 2300 pounds of brown rice and 1400 pounds of frozen corn.

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Replate Speaks About Food Justice

On September 21, the founders of Replate spoke with our Grade 7 students about food justice and their dynamic nonprofit that provides 5,000 meals a week to 40 shelters. Replate collects food from many tech companies including Amazon, Facebook and Google. The food is then quickly given to organizations like Project Homeless Connect to feed those in need.

Replate was born in Berkeley, California on January 1, 2016. It is built on a group of passionate social entrepreneurs, activists, food heroes, drivers, and designers. 

We connect communities and help make everyone a solution to the food insecurity in their area. Through our robust technology, we are able to match business’s excess food with those in need. 

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Hamlin Supports Lava Mae’s Women-Centered Event

Hamlin Grade 8 students participated in the very first women-centered Pop Up Care Village in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Lava Mae’s Mission:

Through our Mobile Hygiene Service, Pop-Up Care Villages and buildIt toolkit, Lava Mae brings critical services to the streets, delivered with Radical Hospitality, to restore dignity, rekindle optimism, and fuel a sense of opportunity. Our audacious goal is to unleash a Radical Hospitality Revolution around the world.

Hamlin has had an ongoing partnership with Lava Mae for a year now. Usually Lava Mae hosts their Pop Up Care Villages outdoors near the Civic Center, serving both men and women, many who are experiencing homelessness. The Mission-based event focused on supporting women, many of whom were housed but struggling financially.

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Leadership in Action: Symposium & Rise to the Challenge

Hamlin students are able to dynamically present knowledge and identify problems in the world, while coming up with creative solutions that integrate ideas from various sources of information. Grade 6 and 7 students use their skills in Science, Health, Math, Social Studies, Spanish, Technology and English to write and speak publicly about topics/issues facing our world both near and far.

The 6th grade Symposium is modeled after the Greeks and involves four weeks of intense study.  Students are able to select their own topic, do research, plan as a team, and deliver short formal presentations at the Century Club in San Francisco.  Students share their knowledge via Ted Talks, songs, spoken word poetry, public service announcements, and short documentary videos.  This year the following topics were covered: Human Trafficking, Women’s Role in the Development of Africa, Ancient/Imperial China, Propaganda in Government, Danger of a Single Story (Exploring Bias), Global Education for Women, Water Scarcity and Poverty, the Role of Identity in our Lives, the Cultural Revolution in China, and Gender Equity in Hollywood.

The 7th graders immerse themselves in Rise to the Challenge (RTC).  They have the opportunity to choose their own topics, do in-depth research, then share their findings, providing short and long term solutions to various problems.  Most teams use social media to generate awareness, including videos, websites, blogs, Twitter, Change.org, and Instagram.  This year RTC addressed the following topics: Homelessness in San Francisco, Reducing College Sexual Assault, Challenges Facing the Use of Drones, Access to Clean Water Globally, Access to Education for Girls Globally, the Impact of Plastics in our Oceans, Overfishing, Income Inequality Between Genders, Improving Public Education in San Francisco, Challenges Facing Transgender People, Technology and our Health, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Below is a video from the RTC group, Hope for Homelessness:

As part of their research, Grade 7 students had the opportunity to interview individuals from several incredible organizations, special thanks to the following people:

Shiza Shahid (The Malala Fund), Ellie Adelman (Women Girls Lead Global), Tihana Vucur, (Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Adriatic Dolphin Project) Rufaro Kangai, (Global Fund for Women), Stacy Webb (Compass Family Services), Michelle Parker (San Francisco Parent Political Action Commitee), Bevan Dufty (San Francisco Politician and Leader), Leyla Ghaffari (Project Homeless Connect) Candace Yu (YouTube for Good), Suzanne Goldberg (Columbia University) Betty Nyagoha (The Amani Institute) Lila LaHood and Daphne Magnawa (San Francisco Public Press)

 

Hamlin Visits Holy Family Day Home

On May 10th, Hamlin 8th graders visited Holy Family Day Home in the Mission, an organization that we have worked with for many years. The visit was led by Hamlin’s middle school Spanish department.

Holy Family Day Home’s goal is to provide affordable, high quality, early childhood education and family support services in a stable and nurturing environment, thereby providing the children of working families skills and hope for lifelong development.  

Hamlin students began the morning by singing songs with the preschoolers and playing Simon Says, all in Spanish. Our students were then paired up with different Holy Family Day Home children to read books. Our girls brought their very own books written in Spanish with beautiful handmade illustrations. After sharing these fantastic stories, everyone went outside to play tag, soccer, and tumble around. The joy and energy between the younger and older students was palpable. One Hamlin student shared, today was just an adorable experience, their spirit is infectious.

Below is an example of book created by a Hamlin student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After playtime, Hamlin students had the opportunity to learn more about program specifics from members of Holy Family Day Home’s leadership team. They learned about the food bank that provides nourishment for families in need and the emphasis placed on seamlessly integrating homeless and non-homeless students into classrooms.

To learn more about Holy Family Day Home, please visit: https://holyfamilydayhome.org/

 

 

 

 

Hamlin Says Farewell to Nonhlanhla Ntshengila

For most of the month of March we were very lucky to have Ms. Ntshengila visiting us from South Africa as part of the program, Teach With Africa. I had a chance to sit down with Ms. Ntshengila and listen to some of her thoughts about the experience of joining the Hamlin community.

Before coming to the United States she was worried about how she would be perceived in terms of her accent and skin color; but she left feeling that people were very nice. She shared that she gained a new level of independence and freedom by walking around San Francisco by herself, visiting places like Chinatown.

Ms. Ntshengila stated that she was very impressed with Hamlin’s math department. The importance of process is emphasized with math at Hamlin. Students must really understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. In South Africa students don’t always understand why they are doing something, they just do it because they are told to.

Ms. Ntshengila was also impressed with Hamlin’s use of technology in the classroom. I thought the use of iPads in the classroom would be disruptive, but it is the opposite, the students are so focused on their work.

Apart from academics, I asked Ms. Ntshengila what impressed her most about San Francisco and Hamlin. The hills, there are so many, and eating green salads, I love the salad from the buffet.

Below is a short video of Ms. Nthshengila

To learn more about Teach With Africa, please visit: http://www.teachwithafrica.org/

Special thanks to the kind people who helped host the Nonhlanhla Ntshengila: Julie and Allen Benello, Hala Jimenez, and Heather Smith.

The Hamlin School would also like to recognize Hamlin grandparents and Founders of Teach With Africa, Marjorie and Larry Schlenoff.