Heritage Hall students will host the second annual Unity Day on Tuesday, April 24. This year’s theme is “Many Chargers, One CommUNITY.”
Unity Day is a student-led celebration of diversity and the belief that even though all people are different, they all deserve to be treated with love, kindness, and respect. The goal of the day is to further the School’s mission of shaping compassionate, courageous, and open-minded young leaders.
This year’s day-long event will be celebrated across the Heritage Hall campus, throughout the lower, middle, and upper divisions, beginning with a school-wide Charger Shine, where 900 Chargers will unite through music and song.
After a joyful kickoff, middle schoolers will gather for a keynote address by Mike Korenblit. Mr. Korenblit tells a story of moral courage and how his parents only narrowly survived the Holocaust because of the tremendous personal sacrifice of dozens of people his parents barely knew. His powerful message reminds us of the importance of the Charger values of honor, courage, and compassion.
Upper school students will be inspired by convening remarks from author and activist Jo Ivester. Mrs. Ivester, a a tireless advocate for equality and social justice, has many stories to tell, from her childhood in the deep south during the Civil Rights Era, to her experience as the mother of a transgender son, to being raised in a biracial family. Mrs. Ivester will touch on many of these topics during an evening presentation (free and open to the public) Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm in Heritage Hall's Rainbolt Family Library in Harris Hall.
Middle and upper school students will spend a full day in student-led workshops and community discussions that showcase the student body’s diverse interests and passions. Lower schoolers will be led through meaningful discussions by fourth grade leaders about what unity means and how we can create unity within our community. Unity Day will include time for contemplation, discussion, and shared, multicultural lunches for both upper divisions.
Unity Day will close with all Chargers reconvening for the “Dream Parade” and the hanging of 1,000 dream flags, created by every Heritage Hall student and faculty member as a visual representation of what the future can look like if we dream together. Many Chargers, One CommUNITY!