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With funding from the Rhode Island Foundation, The Citizens Create Change Project at The Compass School teaches the students the principles underlying government and our civil rights and responsibilities. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum of social studies, math, ELA, art and music, children learn social issues, problem solving, lobbying and activism–and how as members of an interconnected world, the choices we make impact others.

The project included generating awareness of the hunger issue in our state; a fundraiser to support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Jonnycake Center of Westerly with individual students’ persuasive letters to elected officials; and use of art and music as an advocacy tool.
Project presentations were shared and celebrated on Friday, February 12, 2016 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 383 Old North Road, Kingston from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Many thanks to 3rd/4th grade teachers, Ms. Heidi Vazquez and Mr. Drew Virbila.  Their commitment to the social responsibility mission of our school shone through in this incredible project. 

Since 2002, The Compass School in Kingston, RI has been a standout K-8 learning community rooted in social responsibility, environmental stewardship and a strong commitment to excellence.  The group of parents who founded Compass wished to create a school where students would be challenged, where their individual needs would be integrated into a supportive learning community and where they would develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will sustain their academic and social development as they progress through school. For more info, visit: www.compassschool.org.