PARENTS OF SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS
Seventh and eighth grade students and their parents and teachers are invited to a school assembly on Friday, November 7. The assembly will be in the elementary school auditorium from 8:20 – 9:15 A.M. The guest presenter will be Ayuen Ajok, who was once a Lost Boy of Sudan. He is currently a Cornell University graduate student, but his story parallels that of the character Salva in the seventh grade class novel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.
Ajok is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the 20,000 Sudanese children who were displaced from their homeland and separated from their families during the Second Sudanese Civil War.
By the time he entered high school, Ayuen Ajok had already lived the horrific life of a war refugee: Over a span of 13 years, Ajok walked thousands of miles among three countries, nearly died from disease and starvation, and lost countless friends and family members to war.
Sharing his story will impact our current seventh grade students, and these students will also have an opportunity to spend time with Ayuen in their ELA classes after the assembly. Eighth grade students read the book last year.
Please consider joining us for this outstanding educational and cultural opportunity for our students and our community. If you haven’t read the 7th grade class novel, A Long Walk to Water, consider getting it this weekend and reading it before the assembly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office 387-7551 ext1442.