Student brings Syria to School

Jack Krauss is a sixth-grade student at Lakeside Middle School where he spent all year preparing for a multi-curricular day, A Day in the Life of a Syrian Child, for his entire class of over 300 students to learn about the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Jack Krauss speaks in front of his entire sixth grade class at Lakeside Middle School in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he organized an entire day of learning about Syria for his peers and teachers. 
"In my 5th grade year, Lakeside Middle School invited SETF Executive, Mouaz Moustafa, to come and speak to the kids in my grade about the problems in Syria.

This really impacted and inspired me. I wanted to do something about it. 

Then I started planning for about 9 months. I had to talk to many administrators at my school. 

I really did learn a lot while doing this project. I learned everything from a Syrian child’s food ration to how their schools are run. 

The teachers and students really liked the project. I have received many compliments. I am very thankful for the teachers and students that made this project happen! I couldn’t have done this without them!

I hope that the students and teachers learned to take nothing for granted. I hope they now realize what happens in Syria and also the culture of Syria."

Jack Krauss received an award, the "Difference Maker", after presenting his project integrating Syria curriculum for a regional EAST conference. Only about 1 in 6,000 students are given this award, and we could not be more proud of him!

His project involved designing curriculum for his teachers and peers which included 5 stations and even making a soccer ball out of found items around the school. 
Students write letters in a dark, warm room to imagine what it may be like for Syrians who don't have light.
The science teachers explain the importance of clean water and how it can be difficult to filter. 
Students in English class compose Letters of Hope for internally displaced people in Syria.
The students like to make fun surprises for the kids in Syria!
Jack and our outreach director, Natalie, went on a tour to all of the classes and got to witness the engaged students and teachers who immersed themselves in learning about Syria and will continue to for years to come. 
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