7th Grade Gun Violence Expedition

Each spring in the 7th grade at Launch, we embark on an expedition centered around the issue of gun violence. In five of their classes, students work towards answering this question:

What can we do to address the issue of gun violence in our nation and community?

In Science, they look at gun violence from a public health perspective. In Literature, they read How It All Went Down—a book about an all-too-familiar fictional shooting of a young black boy. In Digital Media, students design protest posters. In Social Studies, students learn about the Bill of Rights broadly then dive into the 2nd Amendment more deeply. Then, students consider a variety of perspectives on guns laws in America and write about their views on an interactive blog. And in Writing, students explore how writing can be used as a vehicle for social change by creating their own science fiction stories as an antidote to gun violence. The unit will culminate in Launch’s 2nd Annual Walkout to End Gun Violence, during which students will engage their community in an anti-gun-violence demonstration through various speeches and performances.

Launch’s 2nd Annual Walkout to End Gun Violence

On Friday, June 8th, 2018, the Launch community will make their voices heard. At 10:00am, two hundred 7th and 8th grade scholars will put their pencils down, grab their signs, and take the streets. As we march from Launch to the Restoration Plaza amphitheatre, Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy will hear us chanting and promoting peace. When we reach the amphitheater, our Student Body President will take the microphone first, followed by Launch’s talented speakers and performers. This event is open to the public, and relies on the support of Launch’s extended family: local organizations, families and friends of students and staff, and neighbors who agree that this unnecessary violence needs to stop! Join us, as we make Launch history by leading our 2nd Annual Walkout to End Gun Violence!

Check out the news coverage from last year's Walkout:

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