Hearts Together is a club for 7th and 8th graders that meets during lunch and recess on B-days. I am a Hearts Together member, and I am so grateful for everything that I have learned in Hearts Together. In Hearts Together, we discuss many different topics, including the big eight identifiers (ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status or class), immigration, and privilege. I recently was able to talk with Mrs. Gifis, who along with Mrs. McCoy, started Hearts Together around 3 years ago. Mrs. Gifis started Hearts Together after she noticed that students needed a place to have more difficult discussions at school. It was started to help students learn to be allies with people who are marginalized or don’t have the same opportunities as we to, and help other people learn to do so also.
Mrs. Gifis spoke to me about the importance of Hearts Together. She said that Hearts Together gives students information on the problems that people around us are facing, and also is a place for us to hear people’s opinions on these problems. It teaches us to be open to listening to what others have to say, and also teaches us empathy, an important aspect of character development in the Middle School. She said that topics in Hearts Together really excite her, and are also very important for people to hear about. In Hearts Together, you can learn a lot about a person’s character, and people develop kind hearts. I have learned so much from Hearts Together while participating in the club, and have been able to share my opinions with others.
I believe that education is the key to solving problems that people around us are facing. If people are aware of the issues that people have faced in the past, then they can use that knowledge to solve problems that arise in the future. Hearts Together is a place for students to share their opinions, and hear everybody else’s opinions on different topics. This way, we can hear many different viewpoints on the topics we discuss. Thank you to all of the teachers who help with Hearts Together. We all want to learn what other people feel like, and the teachers that run Hearts Together help everyone in the Middle School do so.