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Monomoy Regional High School students attend the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy

MRHS students attend Barnstable County Human Rights Academy   MRHS students attend Barnstable County Human Rights Academy   MRHS students attend Barnstable County Human Rights Academy  

On October 30, 2019, students from the Monomoy Regional High School STAND for Human Rights Academy attended the annual Barnstable County Human Rights Academy, which is an opportunity for young people from Cape Cod schools to reflect on the work students have done in support of human rights. The MRHS students included Laura Brown, Emma Santoni, Drew Ryan, Amy Hinesley, Libby Anderson, and Olivia Hayden.

The students spent time listening and learning from local leaders and activists, and connecting with other students. Some of the speakers included Pamela and Dave Chatterdon-Purdy from Harwichport, educators, authors and activists who focus on icons of the civil rights movement; John Reed, President of the Cape Cod chapter of the NAACP and head of the Zion Union Museum; and Nancy Thompson, a Cape Cod activist working to encourage people to vote.  

The Monomoy students also spent time brainstorming ideas for activities that they would like to undertake at MRHS to promote civil and human rights.

Retired MRHS teacher Angie Chilaka chaperoned the students on this trip and shared her own expertise and experiences with them.