Augusta – On Friday, May 17th, the Foxcroft Academy Civil Rights Team attended and presented at the Civil Rights Team State Conference. Early in the school year, Brandon Baldwin, the project director of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, invited the team to develop a workshop for the state conference. The team was selected due to their hard work over the last few years to help Foxcroft Academy think and talk about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.
Over the course of the year, the team developed a workshop about Civil Rights Teams and School Policy. They presented their interactive workshop to over 250 students and advisors from across the state They lead the audience to identify policies in their schools that support the Civil Rights Team mission and also reflect on areas where policies may be needed or could be revised. The team presented the only high school student-run workshop, a testament to their hard work.
The team was also interviewed by Fox 22 Bangor about their presentation and purpose at the conference. They had the chance to learn from Holocaust survivors about the pyramid of hate and also heard about what four other school teams are working on in a “spotlight” presentation.
Brigid Casey, Aine Casey, and Maddie Taylor ran the workshop and did a fantastic job. Annabelle Rhoda, Chloe Hamele and Abby Henderson worked hard over the course of the year to develop the plan and prepare for the conference.