Thank you for visiting the Carlthorp School website. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on our 6th Grade students’ recent service learning trip to Washington, D.C., with KidUnity. I am so proud of our students and the work they did preparing for the trip. It was incredible to see them in action as they ably and proudly represented Carlthorp School, advocating for change with senators, representatives and other influential policy makers. In so many ways this program provides our 6th Graders the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have developed over the past seven years: leadership, teamwork, research and analytics, and presentation & communication skills.
This year we launched our Alumni Fellowship program, and five alumni from Arete Preparatory Academy, Campbell Hall, and Harvard-Westlake traveled to Washington, D.C., with our students and successfully fulfilled the role of teaching assistants, mentors and chaperones to our 6th Grade students. Impressive doesn’t even do justice to how I feel about these five remarkable 10th and 11th Grade alumni. Click here for more information about the CS Fellowship.
We welcome you to follow the Carlthorp School and Head of School Twitter feeds to see how incredibly thought-provoking the trip was. Next week, the students will also be blogging about their experiences at http://civicsinactiondc.edublogs.org and will be writing articles and reflections that may be published in local newspapers!
We are so grateful to KidUnity co-founders and Carlthorp parents, Peter S. and David S., for working collaboratively with our 6th grade teachers, Mr. Gallagher, and school administration to put together such an enriching and memorable 72 hours! Our students certainly maximized the opportunity to learn, to advocate, to explore, to reflect, and to enjoy our nation’s capital.
Some of the highlights from the trip included:
Garrett Haake, MSNBC (Interviewed by our student journalists as he raced to cover a breaking story!)
Jeremy Bash – Former Chief of Staff at the Department of Defense & CIA
Kate Bedingfield – Former Communications Director for Joe Biden
Amy Dacey – Former CEO of the Democratic National Committee
Eric Fanning – Former United States Secretary of the Army
Doug Heye – Former Communications Director for the Republican National Committee
Jen Psaki – Former White House Communications Director for Barack Obama
Senator Richard Blumenthal (Interviewed by student journalist who stopped the Senator on his way to a meeting!)
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Kamala Harris
Senator John McCain – Meeting with his Director of Communication
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Senator Patricia Murray
Representative Nanette Barragan
Representative David Cicilline
Attended a Senate Finance Committee meeting
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Born Free USA
Child Labor Coalition
Global Fund for Children
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
International Labour Organization
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Save the Children Action Network
World Wildlife Fund
Environmental Protection Agency
Global Change Research Program
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Air & Space Museum
Lincoln Memorial – (where students recited the Gettysburg Address)
Policy group dinners at restaurants chosen based on 6th grade country reports!
In addition, five 6th Graders ran a CS Newsroom on campus, reporting on the experiences of their classmates in Washington, D.C. We are as proud of these students who learned how to be journalists in a short time period as we are of our travelers. Their assignment was to create three newscasts over the course of the trip that were shared with our K-5 students for classroom discussions.
The newscasts are available below.
We hope you enjoy exploring our website and learning more about the Carlthorp School community.
Tim Kusserow Jason Anklowitz
Head of School Associate Head of School