As an annual tradition for more than a decade, Carolina Day Middle School students create a family history project, which they then present to family members, their peers, and faculty at a special gathering at school.
The students research family trees and gather photos, recipes, and stories about family members, pets, and important people in their lives. They create a presentation using these materials combined with their own narrative, poetry, reflections, and artwork. Many also choose to prepare and serve a special family recipe.
“The Middle School family history project is one way that we work with students to facilitate self-awareness and help them discover their own place in the world, among their peers and in society,” says Middle School Principal Jeff Kalil, “A strong sense of personal identity is critical at this stage of a child’s development.”