Students and Community Leaders Engage in Day of Activism

Forum at Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts

Susan Rose
May 24, 2019 - 2:33 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Friday was a day of re-ACTION at one Buffalo high school.  A conversation was held between students and community leaders.

"We wanted to present our students with change-makers in society who have encountered obstacles and overcome them," said Jessica Swiech, a social studies teacher at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts.  "The idea was to show that change takes a long time.  You can take small steps today to grow the change that you want to see," she said.

About 100 students and 20 community leaders engaged in a working lunch at the Buffalo high school.  The community leaders ranged from State Senator Tim Kennedy, to Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, to school board members, the NAACP, as well as representatives of the WNY Peace Center and Waterkeeper.

"We've been studying social justice in English and Social Studies", said Swiech. At the end of the day Friday, an activist fair was held.  Students were asked to listen to all of the speakers and pick an organization to volunteer their time and see action.  "We can all make a small difference, in an effort to make a larger change," she said.

 

 

 

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