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Common Text Day! Friday, 10/10/14

bookcoverDear Vermont Commons Community,

This coming Friday, October 10th is our VCS Common Text Day 2014. We are excited to spend the day focusing on the themes of our chosen text, I Am Malala. We will begin the day with a brief video from the New York Times that discusses Malala’s life, after which, students will break into groups to discuss the text. At 10:30 Tanya Stone, a local author who is writing a book based on the film Girl Rising, will come to talk about her research on girls’ education around the world.

After lunch we will have six different stations where students can learn about a variety of topics focused either on cultural elements of the Pakistani region, or on how to become more involved in taking a stand against injustices and making a difference in the world. At 1:00, we have Brendan O’Neill from Migrant Justice coming to talk about his work helping migrant workers acquire more rights.

Parents, we invite you to join us for any part of the day!

In the past, we have asked students to prepare a dish to share at lunch that has a connection to our text. This year we have ordered Pakistani mantus from the Pak-Afghan food vendor at the Burlington Farmers’ Market. We will only have enough for students to sample this fried eggroll type of food, but we would be delighted to have anyone prepare any other recipe from the area to share. This is a link to some Pakistani recipes http://cooks.ndtv.com/recipes/cuisine/pakistani.

If you decide to try your hand at a Pakistani delight, thank you very much.

Sincerely,

The Common Text Day Committee

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.