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The HMS Civil Rights Team Brings Essential Learning to our School
The HMS Civil Rights Team Brings Essential Learning to our School
Mike Arsenault
Friday, December 22, 2017

Our thanks to Laura Mike for providing this update and photos featuring the HMS Civil Rights team! Laura and Charlotte Agell are the team advisors. 

We're grateful to the following students who attended this training and serve on this essential team:
Julia Bailey
Evie King 
Krisztian Kovacs
Joshua Leinwand 
Bella Malczynski
Emma Sammon 
Grace Shi
Finn Snow
Piper York
The HMS Civil Rights Team (CRT) attended the annual student training on November 7th.  The training was held at the Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland.  Brandon Baldwin, Project Manager for Maine's Civil Rights Team Project of the Attorney General's Office, facilitated the training. The mission of Civil Rights Teams is to get schools to think and talk about the categories protected under the Maine Civil Rights Law. There are close 200 Civil Rights Teams in schools across the state.

Students learned: 

1.)  that bullying becomes a civil rights issue when it is related to race, skin color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disabilities (physical and mental), gender (including gender identity and expression) and sexual orientation.  

2.)  the importance of asking people what pronouns they go by or using gender neutral terms.
                             
3.)  to be aware of and inclusive of families that may look different.

Activities included: 

1.) Community Circles that were facilitated by Civl Rights Team Advisors and provided students the opportunity to talk openly about these issues.  
                               
2.)  Alike and Different exercises to illustrate what we have in common with others and how we differ from one another.
                               
3.)  brainstorming and talking what all religions have in common.

The HMS CRT left the training energized and filled with ideas for activities to get our school thinking and talking about these issues!

HMS Civil Rights Team