How do YOU Pay It Forward?
From buying coffee for the person in line behind you to donating money to your favorite nonprofit (thank you!), we're all familiar with the concept of paying it forward. What's your favorite way to pay it forward?
What is Pay It Forward at SGS?
Our 7th graders spend several weeks working out how to pay it forward on an issue that's meaningful to them. The Pay It Forward project, an interdisciplinary project that is co-taught by the entire 7th grade team, embraces the notion that our students are fully capable of becoming agents of change. Each student is given the opportunity to choose a topic she's passionate about, and through Pay It Forward, she's given the resources and support to reach out to decision makers who can effect change on that issue. Often, they discover solutions that adults might not piece together.
Discovering Root Causes + Creating Action Plans
The Pay It Forward project requires students to first learn about the root causes of their issue. Then, they interview someone who is either directly experiencing the issue, or is working for an organization that addresses that issue. Using their knowledge about the root causes, they develop an action plan. For their action plan, students choose 3-4 of the following:
- create a public service announcement
- lobby a member of congress
- write an editorial
- write a persuasive message to a company
- teach a lesson to younger children
- create a petition
- conduct a survey
- host a fundraiser that educates the public in a meaningful way
- create a graphic design
SGS students come away with a toolbox that will encourage them to participate actively in a democratic society. Throughout the process, they learn and practice a variety of skills to support them as they assume the role of an activist. Since every 7th and 8th grader and every SGS alum has completed a Pay It Forward project, that's nearly 400 young women who have learned how to champion change in middle school! Our alums have continued to be activists in areas such as environmental preservation, global health, and women's rights.
This Year's Projects
Join us at this year's Pay It Forward Culmination tomorrow night, May 21, at Coyote Central from 6:30-8:30 PM to hear from each student about their work. Take a look at the issues our students are tackling this year »
[Full SGS Calendar here » ]
- May 25 - Memorial Day [School Closed]
- May 26 - Eastside Entrepreneur Day [5th grade]
- May 26 - SGS at Storm vs. Mercury Game [6th-8th grade]
- June 2 - Field Day
- June 3 - 21+ Happy Hour Alum Reunion [Central Pizza, Jackson St.],
- June 4 - 8th Grade Graduation
- June 5 - All-Ages Alum Reunion [West Seattle Bowl], 4-6 PM
- June 12 - Early Dismissal [Last Day], 12 PM