Last year, local artist, Jessie Mackay, introduced the Middle School to her experiences in Tanzania and Tanzanian art. She spent two days with Judy Browne’s art classes, sharing her African art techniques with the students and creating a class masterpiece.
O’Neal graduate, Katherine Kelly ‘10 has become O’Neal’s connection on the global level to become more acquainted and knowledgeable about the people and customs of Tanzania. Katherine is the founder of the African Community Empowerment Company and the director of the Hill Crest Pre-Primary School in Tanzania.
Katherine shared information on Hill Crest and its students at one of the recent Middle School morning meetings. Through pictures, students met Noella, an 8 year old girl whose school life will be followed throughout the year.
Jessie Mackay and Carol Kelly, Katherine’s mother, spoke to the Middle School at an earlier meeting, informing the students about the children and people of Tanzania. Middle School students then donated pillow cases, which will be sewn into dresses for the young ladies at Hill Crest School. The appreciation of fashion is something shared by middle schoolers around the globe, and it was an enjoyable first connection to have with these students.
Jessie and Katherine also met with the Upper School’s Global Issues class to begin discussions on renewable energy. Plans are in the works to collaborate with James Obi, a local businessman who works in the renewable energy field in a variety of African countries.
Through this connection with Tanzania, both Middle and Upper School students will benefit by a raised sense of global awareness in the Middle School and one of global citizenship in the Upper School. Additional activities will follow and with these collaborations, similarities and differences in between cultures will be unraveled.