ICGL in Action

Participate in Community Engagement Drives

Over the coming weeks, Upper School students are collecting items and/or donations to benefit Intown Collaborative Ministries, Open Hand Atlanta, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Project Dignity. Read on for details.

Intown Collaborative Ministries: Do you have a coat, hat, scarf, gloves/mittens or wool socks sitting in your closet? Freshman Avi Narula is collecting cold-weather gear for the community served by the Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry. Due to the pandemic, four times as many people are seeking services through the organization, and there is a great need for new or clean/lightly used adult cold-weather gear. Place donations in the collection box located at the second-floor Upper School entrance now through Feb. 1. Students will receive one community engagement hour for each item donated (up to five hours). 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Juniors Carly Appel and Courtney Kahn and sophomore Barri Seitz have been nominated to participate in the 2021 Students of the Year campaign in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Each has a personal connection to LLS’s work and hopes to be part of the generation that ends cancer. Appel, Kahn and Seitz are leading Secure the Cure 2.0, a Pace team, in a seven-week fundraising campaign that hopes to raise $250,000 for LLS. They are asking the Pace community to support their efforts by donating to their campaign

Open Hand Atlanta: Junior Alexandra Litvak and freshman Alice Gash are kicking off the year by hosting a canned food drive in support of Open Hand Atlanta. With increased demand to provide meals across the city, Open Hand continues to rely on donations to prepare and distribute much-needed meals to those facing food insecurity. Donate cans Jan. 19-31 in the collection bin located at the second-floor Upper School entrance. Students donating at least five cans will receive a community engagement hour. 

Project Dignity: Junior Rebecca Kann is hosting a drive to support the Strong Women Fellowship’s Project Dignity, which combats period poverty in public high schools and refugee communities across Atlanta. One in five teens struggles to afford menstrual products, and donations can make a difference in supporting teens’ developmental needs. Donate boxes (40+) of tampons and pads throughout the month of January in the collection bin at the second-floor Upper School entrance.

Pace & PRECE Launch Virtual Book Club, Exchange

On Dec. 6, the ICGL, the Woodruff Library and 12 Upper School students began participating in a cultural exchange book club with representatives from PRECE schools in Brazil. The organization has partnered with the ICGL in the past to host student and faculty exchanges. Given the inability to travel due to COVID, the ICGL is utilizing virtual connections to facilitate this year’s cultural exchange.

This week, Pace and PRECE students are connecting on WhatsApp, creating a Spotify playlist, sharing book recommendations and teaching each other their respective languages. They will soon read the book Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey. The novel dives into the life of a Brazilian author who disappears in a Rio de Janeiro park and her American translator’s quest to find her.

Isdell Global Leaders Discuss Vaccine Readiness

Our 2020-2021 Isdell Global Leaders (IGLs) led Dec. 10’s Upper School virtual assembly with a presentation about historical “trust gaps” that have emerged between various populations and medical providers. 

The IGLs focused on women, African Americans, Hasidic Jewish communities and Native Americans and helped students better understand how these gaps might affect an individual’s willingness to take the new COVID-19 vaccine. They also highlighted the importance of medical researchers including these populations in the development and testing phases of new technologies and medicines.

ICGL Council Explores 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

The Upper School ICGL Council kicked off Zoom assembly on Thursday, Dec. 10, with a look at the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Students explored the origins of the virus, how it spread and the steps taken to control the pandemic in 2010.

Stay tuned for more information from the ICGL Council, including a watch guide for Netflix’s Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak series and details regarding how to stop the spread of COVID-19 on the local level.

 Celebrating the Season in Creative Ways with the Guice Center

In years past, the fifth grade’s annual visit to the Easterseals Guice Center has become a favorite holiday tradition. Like everything else in 2020, things looked a little different this year. 

Rather than traveling to the Guice Center and hosting a holiday party for the children it serves, fifth graders—in their holiday PJ best—wrapped books and made cards to be delivered to the center, and created video recordings of some of their favorite picture books to be shared with the children, ages 3 to 5. 

“In the videos, children will see the books while hearing our students’ voices,” says fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Rhodes. “The idea is that the children at the Guice Center can now listen to books being read to them at any point.”

Prior to the classroom activities, fifth graders Zoomed with Guice Center Manager Victoria Holbert to learn more about the center’s important work. 

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