For second semester juniors, one of the big projects to complete is the Praxis project in religion class.
The project starts around the beginning of February and goes until the end of the school year. Students are assigned to a group with approximately six of their peers, all in different religion classes. In these groups, students choose a social injustice in which to make a difference and present information to the other juniors using a video.
Alexis Canty (`15) did her project on immigration issues. Canty said, “People don’t have much of an awareness on immigration issues. Doing the project helped me learn about how this affects our country and our world.”
Other popular topics include human trafficking, the U.S. prison system, and poverty and education.
The project takes all semester and requires a substantial amount of needed to fully engage in the Praxis cytime. Mrs. Whitney Daly, Religious Studies Department Chair, said that this is cle of awareness, analysis, and action.
One recent change, introduced last year, requires students to create a website for their topic. Religion teachers are also working to address concerns about students working in groups across classes. Daly said, “We are looking to facilitate the process and make students feel supported in their work and their collaborations.”
Kyle Velotta (`16) is looking forward to doing the project. She said, “I’m mostly looking forward to learning more about a current event. I’ve heard it’s a lot of work, but is an interesting experience and worth it.”
The Praxis project is meant to help students live the Gilmour mission and core values and bring them into society. Daly said, “One of the powerful things for me is watching students truly realize they can make a difference and view their communities differently.”