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Youth on a Mission to Leverage Suburban Diversity


Suzanna Davis, Principal at Lakota East High School, is leading the mission development process.

Most people don’t think of the suburbs as diverse, but West Chester and Liberty Townships defy that convention.  Now with 20% low soci0-economic status and 20% minority residents, these beyond-the-beltway bedroom communities offer an educational experience far different than their homogeneous neighbors.

Lakota East students not only understand this opportunity, they yearn for it.  During a year-long process to update the school mission, students consistently expressed a desire to experience more diversity, to go beyond race in defining diversity, and to learn to not only accept others’ differences but actively include them in their work and lives–especially the work of changing the world.

Millennials use spoken word to prepare for global problem solving.

Because the latest “me generation” is not really self-centered–as Aristotle said 2300 years ago, every generation thinks the one after them is selfish, lazy and incompetent–but eager and ready to take on the huge challenges left to them by Baby Boomers and Generation X.

Check out this video to see what they are up to.  The mission is not final–this is just a status report before a community survey this Spring and mission drafting in the Fall.  But while the words might not be final, the intention is clear.  Look out world, Millennials are coming…

1 Comment »

  1. Such a great school – makes me proud to have 2 sons and 2 granddaughters who graduated from Lakota East. Thinking, caring students, staff and professionals – now if only Washington could do that!


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