Category Archives: Global Citizenship

Hamlin Students Learn About Human Trafficking

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 21 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking around the world. Human trafficking and forced labor generate $150 billion dollars annually.

Today, Hamlin 6th graders listened to a panel discussion with the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. As part of the conversation, students asked well-researched and thoughtful questions. Here are three question examples:

How do laws protecting victims of human trafficking vary from state to state?

What types of training does law enforcement receive to combat human trafficking?

How are perpetrators of human trafficking caught?

The information they gained served to further their understanding of a topic that they are studying in social studies classes.

The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking has five central goals:

Public Awareness: Increase the general public’s awareness about human trafficking.

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Homeless Voices, Hamlin Voices

On February 8, middle school students and their parents participated in a very special listening event with Lava Mae and Sound Made Public. The evening provided an opportunity for Hamlin community members to listen to the voices of people experiencing homelessness on the streets of San Francisco, while also hearing reflections from our students who have been regularly volunteering with Lava Mae.

Participants sat on buckets and cardboard with the lights off, creating an environment to better empathize and take in the powerful narratives. The event provided the opportunity to get a little closer, listen, and imagine not having a place to call home – evoking a deeper view and a greater connection to our shared humanity.

Lava Mae brings critical services to the streets – delivered with an unexpected level of care we call Radical Hospitality – to rekindle dignity and hope for people experiencing homelessness through our Mobile Hygiene Service, Pop-Up Care Villages and buildIt toolkit.

Sound Made Public is a creative agency focusing on audio experiences, large and small, that change the way we hear the world.

Quotes from the audio recordings:

Homeless people, drug addicts, alcoholics, people who are bums, it’s the farthest thing from the truth, you meet people from all walks of life.         -A man experiencing homelessness

It’s a situation, people who are homeless weren’t always homeless, you’re in is a situation, it’s changeable, it’s very changeable.          -A woman experiencing homelessness

After like 30 minutes or so volunteering with Lava Mae I became much more comfortable and I understood that they were people. Homeless people are like normal people.   -Hamlin student

It’s not just their exterior, there is a lot going on underneath, and if you see somebody, you don’t know what they’ve gone through, you don’t know what they’re going through, so if someone looks like they need help, then I think you should help them.      -Hamlin student

We just went and we volunteered for a few hours, and it wasn’t that hard, and it wasn’t that much, but when many people do that, it adds up. And when there is something like Lava Mae that makes it possible for people to volunteer for these things, even if it’s not solving homelessness, it’s definitely making a a difference.       -Hamlin student

To listen to the recording, click here

To learn more about Lava Mae and Sound Made Public please visit:

https://lavamae.org/

http://www.soundmadepublic.com/

 

 

 

Teach With Africa is Coming to Hamlin

From March 5-30 South African teacher, Ms. Ade Nanti, will be sharing her talents with our Hamlin students and faculty. Ms. Nanti will work with grade 6 students as they explore curriculum that focuses on South Africa. Hamlin has participated with Teach With Africa in the past and we look forward to this year’s cross-cultural exchange.

Teach With Africa is a non-profit organization empowering students and teachers in a reciprocal exchange of teaching and learning in Africa and the United States. Teach With Africa seeks to reduce the embedded inequities in our societies by working to provide access to quality education in order to transform children’s lives, schools and communities.

Ms. Nanti shares:

My reason for choosing teaching is simply this: I love children. I love to work with young creative minds which are eager to explore new concepts. I love to see children dream big and achieve their dreams. I don’t mind seeing children falling short of achieving their goals because they usually rise above their challenges with resilience and vigour. I love the curious minds of children and their challenging questions which make me wonder if indeed one plus one equals two. I love the cheerful noise of children and I love the fact that when I close my eyes every night, I know there is hope for the future because I have played a role in shaping it. I can wake up into that future and say, “I was here. I lived and I served.”

 For more information about Teach With Africa, please visit: http://www.teachwithafrica.org/

The Future of Fish Farming with Zach Stein

On February 2, Zach Stein spoke with middle school students about his work creating Osmo Systems. Stein’s visit was part of this year’s eco-theme which is focused on Ocean Awareness.

Osmo Systems was founded by Zach Stein and James Regulinski, two Silicon Valley natives who’ve been friends since they were four years old. They founded Osmo Systems in 2014 with the goal of pushing our global food system into a healthier and more sustainable direction. At first they targeted a different industry with the OsmoBot sensor, hydroponics and aquaponics, but made the pivot to focus fully on aquaculture and shrimp farming in 2017. The company is backed by tier 1 VC’s who share in our mission to help shrimp farmers generate higher, more predictable yields.

Intelligence to grow your shrimp farm.
Osmo automates your water quality and feed management to optimize shrimp growth rates, FCR, and yields in every pond. Get the best return on your investment by automating your shrimp farm (Osmo website).

Stein shared the following points (among others):

-In the coming years, the number of people demanding seafood will continue to increase, while the “wild” supply decreases

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Lava Mae & Simply the Basics

On January 25, Lilah Beldner spoke with our Grade 7 students about Lava Mae. Ms. Beldner is a recent graduate of Lick-Wilmerding High School and is taking a gap year to serve people experiencing homelessness on the streets of San Francisco. Since 2016, Hamlin students have been volunteering every month with Lava Mae’s Pop-Up Care Villages, serving food and working in the street store distributing clothing.

Lava Mae brings critical services to the streets – delivered with an unexpected level of care we call Radical Hospitality – to rekindle dignity and hope for people experiencing homelessness through our Mobile Hygiene Service, Pop-Up Care Villages and buildIt toolkit.

Ms. Beldner emphasized the following points (among others):

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Heirs To Our Oceans Visits Hamlin

This year’s eco-theme at The Hamlin School is Ocean Awareness. On January 5, we welcomed Heirs To Our Oceans, a dynamic group of young leaders striving to protect our beautiful planet earth.

Heirs to Our Oceans is a rising tide of young leaders around the globe who are taking the ocean crisis into their own hands, educating themselves and others, bringing hope and solutions to the surface, and creating waves of change that will ensure the health of our blue planet for their generation and for future generations.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Heirs To Our Oceans is a nonprofit started by young people, with over 200 members globally. The core group (ages 11-14) spoke passionately and profoundly on a variety of topics.

They made the following points (among others):

-93% of extra heat from greenhouse gases goes into the ocean

-Coral bleaching/dying, ocean acidification, and sea level rise are growing concerns

-We can reduce our impact on the environment by eating less beef, using renewable energy, and doing away with single use plastics

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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.