One of Fairmont Prep’s longstanding traditions is Around the World Week. This week celebrates one of the greatest aspects of Fairmont’s campus: the incredible diversity found among students, teachers, and staff members. Our student government put up the map on the left and encouraged students and staff members to place stickers where they or their families were from before becoming part of the Fairmont community.
Think about the opportunities that this affords our students — to be able to learn about the world from those who have truly lived in the world. Our students can engage one another in classes in a truly global sense.
At the same time, it allows students to see how much really binds them together. In fact, two students helped organize a walk-out in support of those who lost their lives at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At 10:00 am, Fairmont Prep students, teachers, and staff members walked out of class and joined together at the flagpole, walked around the campus, and then gathered in the gym to learn more about those who lost their lives one month ago. The students entered quietly and were in obvious reflection about those events, putting faces and names to the individuals who were lost.
Fairmont students are a lot of things, but today we saw compassionate students embrace one another. Seeing students from across the world join together to speak out for something they are passionate about can give the rest of us hope for a better tomorrow. And that is what education is all about — the promise of a better tomorrow.