Eighth graders at The Summit Country Day School have created magic in the publication of a cross-curricular capstone project on restorative justice called Hear My Story; Be My Voice.
The Summit’s Character Education program provided the central theme for this project which began as an intentional effort to teach the eighth graders about justice. Students worked with faculty to learn key aspects of conducting a major research project, from interviewing, to researching, to writing. Not only was the project a great academic success, but it met its fundamental goal: to put restorative justice into action.
Discovering the stories of others allowed our students to see the humanity of those around them. They used the magic of storytelling to give voice to survivors, veterans, the marginalized and others who have been on the front lines of ignorance and misjustice.
Until now, their stories were unheard and unwanted.