Global Community Day is set aside annually for the entire Episcopal community to practice global citizenship, raise awareness of current crises, and remember our commitment to becoming “doers of good.” Students are educated about multiple aspects of the chosen theme and learn how to to be consciously engaged in the issue. Students will finish the day with a more informed mind, a more compassionate heart, and an understanding on where real change needs to be made in the world.
Past Global Community Days
2020 - Our Earth
Students spent the afternoon of February 11 exploring the environmental issues facing the global community and opportunities to have a positive impact. The event featured guest speaker Dr. David Weindorf, Associate Vice President in the Office of Research & Innovation and Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University, screenings of his documentary, Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier, hands-on environmental science learning activities, and an interactive demonstration from St. Johns River Keeper.
2019 - You Are Not Alone - Mental Health
Global Community Day on February 12 focused on mental health with the theme "You Are Not Alone" as a day to destigmatize mental illnesses. Middle and Upper School students spent the afternoon in two different activities. Students worked on art projects supported by local non-profit Indigo Art Therapy and visual arts instructor Mark Zimmerman. Students also watched peer artist performances -- including dance, studio art, monologues, and videos -- on different aspects of mental health, such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and OCD.
2018 - Refugees: The Human Stories
Students heard the human story of the refugee crisis. The keynote speaker, Basma Alawee, is a refugee from Iraq. She shared her story of leaving her career as a materials engineer, her home and her family, to escape war and danger. Refugees from Sudan, Turkey, Colombia, and elsewhere were on campus during multiple breakout sessions to tell their personal stories. Agencies such as Lutheran Social Services discussed the work they do to help refugees that have fled to our country.
2017 - Finding Your Voice
Students participated in activities and heard speakers themed around "Finding Your Voice." Connell Crooms, a musician and activist, spoke to Middle School students. Gregory Bright spoke to Upper School students. Mr. Bright was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder and spent 27 ½ years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola before proving his innocence. Illiterate when he entered prison, he taught himself to read and write, then “went to the books” and taught himself the law. Without the help of a lawyer, Mr. Bright submitted appeals all the way to the State Supreme Court before the Innocence Project New Orleans learned of his case and helped secure his freedom. Students also participated in panel discussions and different stations with activities based on the theme.
2016 - Water is Life
The day encouraged students to consciously engage in the preservation and conservation of the water that sustains all life. Students watched teacher-produced plays, participated in games provided by the St. Johns Riverkeepers, and heard from speakers about areas of the world where water is not readily available.
2015 - Educating Everyone
Educating Everyone focused on a few of the reasons why all children around the world do not have access to education. Speakers included Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Katie Meyler, founder of More Than Me, non-profit organization that provides schooling for girls in Liberia. Students also watched "Girl Rising," and participating in different activities that correspond with the day's theme.
2014- The Holocaust
Fine Arts students performed "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a play about a young girl who survives Terezin, a concentration camp. The day included Holocaust survivors sharing their stories and a greater dialogue on being consciously engaged in the world.