Building Community at the “Learning Exchange”

Community building, education and equity were big themes at the Learning Exchange gathering held at Longfellow Middle School on May 20.

The 6-hour event drew more than 100 people – students, guardians, staff and community members – for dialogue and interactive workshops to build resiliency and community in order to counter fear and xenophobia.

The day highlighted student voices and utilized diverse approaches to learning with music, art, poetry, conversation and shared lunch.

Much appreciation was expressed for the hard work and contributions of the many individuals and groups who helped make the event a success, including Principal Marcos Garcia, Longfellow PTA, BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity, Berkeley Mental Health, District English Learner Advisory Committee and Parents of the Children of African Descent.

Scenes from the Learning Exchange event at Longfellow on May 20. Two photos upper left and and lower right by Rosina Keren; other five photos by Marcos Garcia.

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