ICGL in Action

Another year brings another Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) global theme. During the 2019-2020 school year, we’re investigating the many issues that surround WASTE

Students, faculty and staff will explore waste as it relates to the ICGL’s five focus areas: Science & Technology, Culture & Arts, Social Entrepreneurship & Business, Community Engagement & Environmental Sustainability, Public Policy & International Relations. Teachers will incorporate the topic of waste into their curriculum with the goal of building awareness, understanding and engagement. 

Together we’ll explore the relationships between waste and climate, food, water, conservation and energy (our previous ICGL themes); travel near and far to explore waste-related issues; talk to waste experts and attempt to understand waste’s impact on our own lives. Join us! 

On May 21, members of the Class of 2026—current and incoming students—gathered for an evening of mother-daughter bonding and community engagement.

The group decorated paper bags and assembled 500 non-perishable sack lunches for MUST Ministries, an organization that provides lunches for children who, during the school year, receive free or reduced lunch but may not have nutritious lunch options during the summer.

“It was a great way to spend some quality time with new and old friends,” says parent Sandra Chung.  

On Friday, May 3, while the Upper School celebrated Great American Picnic on campus, Middle School students and faculty partnered with nine different nonprofit organizations to take part in a day of community engagement.

Teams of Middle Schoolers and their chaperones volunteered with FurKids, Meals on Wheels, the Midwest Food Bank, the Easter Seals Guice Center, Atlanta Beltline, Open Hand, the Community Assistance Center, Action Ministries and Bloom Closet.

The Lower School Mini- and Juniorpreneur programs concluded on April 30 with Market Day, the culmination of the after-school entrepreneurship courses.

From science experiments and soaps to pet rocks and pampering products, our young inventors launched innovative businesses months in the making. Together, students earned $1,187, which they plan to donate to The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Twelve members of our Lower and Middle School faculty are in Japan exploring next year’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership theme of Waste.

From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the Shin Koto incinerator and a zero-waste town near Kyoto, the group’s destinations have offered fascinating insight into the ways in which the East Asian island nation manages—or fails to manage—waste. See photos and updates from teachers’ travels by following @paceabroad on Instagram.   

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