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Visiting the Goodridge Freedom Center

In conjunction with the seniors’ study of Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad in their Multicultural American Literature Course and the juniors study of the institution of American slavery in US History II, the 11th and 12th Grade students of Logos Academy visited the Goodridge Freedom Center to hear a first hand historical account of the abolitionist movement here in York, PA. Our private school engages students in understanding and thinking deeply about historical issues and the lives of people during those times. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn to respect and honor one another and this learning deepens as they grow through their high school experiences.

Brandon, 11th grade, shares about the experience:

Everyone had arrived at the house, glad to have finally arrived at our destination, so that we could escape the cold. We entered the building and soon realized how small the house was, as we tried to fit about 25 people into a small room. There we stood in the room, talking about nonsense and waiting for the tour to start, when we heard a “shhh”. Everyone assumed that it was Mr. D (Upper School teacher) attempting to quiet us down. The “shhh” happened again, followed by a tap on the floor. Those two sounds echoed through the house, each preceding the other. Our attention was averted to the next room. Out of that room came a man dressed in a top hat and suit, holding a cane. He was shushing as he left that room, taping his cane after every shush. When he had moved to about halfway where we were, he started singing, “Someone’s callin’ my name” a handful of times before finally reaching us. After this, the man was silent, and, breaking the silence he created, introduced himself as William C. Goodridge–barber, entrepreneur, and conductor for the Underground Railroad.

After his introduction, Mr. Goodridge led everyone to the room that he had just exited. In that room was a large hole with a broken wooden stairway, covered with a glass panel. Mr. Goodridge assured that the glass would not break if anyone stepped on it, but everyone decided it was in their best interest to not take their chances.

In this room, Mr. Goodridge explained why the hole was there: it was a passageway that was a part of the Underground Railroad. Here, runaway slaves, or as Mr. Goodridge correctly put it, freedom seekers, would come through, hide, and meet in order to obtain their freedom.

After this, everyone was led to a room filled with black and white pictures. The only thing odd about these pictures was not their content, but what they were comprised of. Each one of these photos was imprinted on a piece of glass. Mr. Goodridge explained the Duggerian Process and Duggerian Photography–one of the earliest methods of photography that allowed photos to be printed on pieces of glass. Because of the black and white, the shadows of the room, and the age of the photos, most of them appeared opaque. In order to solve this problem, everyone was given a flashlight to brighten each photo. With the light on them, each photo turned from a mess of white and gray lines to a window of someone else’s life, a window to the past.

We were told that the one who took the photographs was Glenalvon Goodridge, the son of William Goodridge. Glenalvon was one of the few people in the country at the time who knew how to use the Duggerian Process, and was quite skilled at it. Glenalvon would later become a father of four, and would continue his career, until tragedy struck. A white woman had accused him of crimes, and, despite having an alibi and several pieces of evidence that contradict her testimony, he was found guilty and served 18 months in prison. William Goodridge fought for his son’s freedom and earned it, but it came with one condition: Glenalvon would be forced to leave Pennsylvania. Doing just that, Glenalvon took everything with him and moved to Michigan, where he continued his career.

This would conclude our tour of the Goodridge home, everyone taking home not only the complimentary bookmark, but also a piece of history that they shall not forget.

Celebrating Mexico and Peru!

As a culturally diverse learning community, here at Logos Academy we believe that who you learn with matters. Because of that, we intentionally recognize and celebrate cultural diversity within our curriculum.

Every year, first grade spends the year studying each of the continents. At the end of each continent study, they celebrate with a cultural festival. On that day, they dress up in costumes, do international dances, eat food and play games from other countries, and have guests visit and share about their own heritage and travels around the world!

It is often a highlight for our students to see their cultural heritage or family celebrated. Throughout the year, as they learn about each continent, they create a project that will go into their portfolio to take home at the end of the school year.

In November, Ryan and Ivette Nelson, friends of Logos Academy, visited first grade to celebrate Mexico and Peru! As part of the festivities, the students dressed up in sombreros and ponchos, danced the Samba, and had a taco party. Ivette shared about Mexico, where she was born, and Ryan shared about the two years he spent living in Peru. They prepared a PowerPoint presentation highlighting foods, sports, houses, animals, weather, tourist sites, etc. The students were even gifted with a traditional Mexican candy!

Carols, Cookies, and Crafts

Last week, our Kindergarten and 1st grade students and families gathered together for a concert and Christmas celebration–Carols, Cookies, and Crafts! As a school that cares deeply about fostering community in our student body, in our homes, and in our city, we provide this as an opportunity for students, families, and friends to gather together to celebrate the Christmas season.

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students have worked hard over the first several months of the school year, and this gives them a chance to share some of what they have been up to. Dressed in their Sunday best, each class started their performance with the Logos Academy Declaration with hand motions and set to Christmas Carols. Beyond that, families and friends had a chance to enjoy some of the poetry, scripture, and singing of the students. After the program, students and families were able to spend time eating cookies and building relationships with one another. The evening finished off with a time for Christmas-themed crafts in the classroom.

Thank you to our dedicated teachers Mrs. Dyson, Mrs. Dickey, Mrs. Sutter, and Ms. Musser, who all worked hard to provide this opportunity for our families!

Poetry Out Loud

Logos Academy recently held its 7th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that enables and encourages students from all fifty states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to study, memorize, and recite great works of poetry. Since its founding in 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3.6 million students. The students who competed in the Logos Academy competition were required to select two poems from the 900+ poem Poetry Out Loud Anthology, that includes both classic and contemporary works.

Winners from the individual school competitions will go on to represent their schools at the regional, state and eventually national competition. Student recitations are judged on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. An excellent panel of judges was recruited to serve in evaluating the students’ performances. The panel of judges included several former Poet Laureates of York, published poets, and renowned spoken word artists. This year’s judges included: Le Hinton, Christine Lincoln, Edquina Washington, Dustin Nispel, and Dr. Rob Fawcett.

This year, Logos Academy had seven students from grades 8-11 competing in the event, with sophomore Laurali Breeden, emerging as the overall winner. She will go on to represent Logos Academy at the regional competition in Gettysburg at the end of January. Shanika Holcomb, also a sophomore, was the third place winner and Arlette Morales, also a sophomore, was the runner-up.

Here are the poems performed by our students this year:

“Flowers” by Cynthia Zarin

“Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand

“Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert

“Momma Said” by Calvin Forbes

“After a Rainstorm” by Robert Wringley

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

“Dead Butterfly” by Ellen Bass

“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

“Do Not!” by Stevie Smith

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

“Nocture” by Louise Gluck

Welcome our 2018-19 Logos Academy Student Ambassadors!

Pictured from left to right: Angel (11th), Nasei (9th), Admeishaa (12th), Tzipporah (10th), Arlette (10th), Brandon (11th), Laurali (10th), and Barbara (11th).

This past summer, the leadership team at Logos Academy cast a compelling vision to develop a program that would raise up student leaders to represent Logos Academy to our community, our donors, and our prospective families. Our dream was that this program would further the mission of Logos Academy while further developing our high school students, through intentional training and leadership development, to possess intelligence and character.

Over the past 5 months since that vision was cast, we have been working hard to develop and launch our first Logos Academy Student Ambassador Program! An ambassador is a representative of an individual or institution, and our students are now taking on that role for Logos Academy.

After several months of putting our vision into concrete plans, we launched the Student Ambassador Program, with an invitation to our 9th through 12th graders during Upper School Chapel. We asked them to consider applying, regardless of any hesitations they might have, and encouraged them that this role would be for them, even if they had never held a leadership role before. We had no idea what response we would get, and were elated when 20 students applied (representing just under half of our 9th through 12th grade student body). Several of the students have attended Logos Academy since their Kindergarten!

We asked our applicants to complete a lengthy application, detailing their academic and career goals, their hope for personal growth throughout the year, and the value that they see in this program, among other items. We were astounded and encouraged by what they wrote and the heart that they put into their applications.

After a multi-step process of testing and interviewing, we are pleased to announce that eight students have been accepted to serve as Logos Academy Student Ambassadors. These students will be joining in tours with donors and new families, representing Logos at various community events, and developing their rhetoric and leadership skills through four training and development sessions.

Along with their training and development sessions, here are just a few of the opportunities on the immediate horizon for them, with many more to follow:

Kindergarten Open House and Tours
20th Year Celebration
Tour De Logos

Please welcome our 2018-2019 Logos Academy Student Ambassadors!

Logos Academy Students Join Community Conversation on Race

Logos Academy seniors and Mr. D with key speakers, Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed, Racial Justice Coordinator, YWCA York and Jamiel Alexander, Aspen Institute: Forum for Community Solutions Senior Fellow

Conversations about race, racism, and social justice are challenging and messy, yet critically relevant.

On October 16th, nine of our seniors joined 80 other students from schools across York County for the YWCA’s annual Leadership Summit: Dialogue on Race. The Leadership Summit, held at York College, allows students a safe place to discuss and think through these issues. During the time together, they gained a better appreciation for how our society, including family, social media and other media outlets, has shaped our views. Students and educators are encouraged to reflect on their own implicit biases, while acquiring the tools to bring about transformation in their areas of influence.

Mr. Desmarais, Logos Academy’s upper school literature teacher, finds great value in such discussions, and was eager to bring his students to this annual event for the second year in a row. “The community of York and the greater American community struggle with racial discourse,” says Mr. Desmarais. “One of the goals of my senior level literature course, Voices from the Margins: Multicultural American Literature, is to create a space to have these challenging discussions in a way that embodies the principles of the Gospel. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the challenging work of racial reconciliation. We can only work towards this goal through recognizing how privilege manifests itself in society today, and addressing both interpersonal and structural racism.”

Students were divided into four large groups to discuss one of four different case studies that revealed implicit bias, privilege, and microaggressions: Trayvon Martin, 9/11, Hurricane Maria, and the film Black Panther. Led by select community leaders, students candidly shared, learned, and grew from the dialogues that ensued.

“It was very eye opening to hear everybody else’s views on race and how we should fix it,” says Jayden, one of our seniors that attended. “It was helpful to hear other ideas from other students in other schools of how they have worked to fix racism in their schools.”

Logos Academy is thankful to be a school full of cultural and ethnic diversity. We believe that God is the Creator of the diverse world He has gifted to us, and we embrace and celebrate the many different stories and heritages that make up York City and the surrounding communities. Still, we do not take our diversity for granted and are aware that the dialogue will continue as we seek to explore ways to empower our youth in the challenges they face.

We are grateful that the YWCA values young leaders in our school communities and offers these students a thoughtful experience that promotes change.

“It was a good experience to learn about different schools and their cultures and how Logos is different in that we can discuss issues related to race in ways that other schools cannot. The sessions provided a good opportunity to discuss race and to dig deeper to seek solutions.” -Zakeera, Logos Academy senior

See abc27’s coverage of the event here!

Tall Oaks Foundation

 

At Logos Academy, our goal is to create lasting change in the lives of students. Since we opened our doors 20 years ago, we have built a strong tradition of providing substantial scholarships that open the door of opportunity for our students, through partnerships with our community. As part of that journey, we are now launching the Tall Oaks Foundation at Logos Academy–an endowed fund to provide scholarships for generations of students. We invite you to come alongside us by considering how you might make a lasting contribution!

The Foundation
At Logos Academy, our mission is to grow students from tiny acorns to mighty oaks. Grounded in the love of Christ we seek to form young men and women into leaders who display wisdom, virtue, and faith as they serve their community and the world. Now, you can include our students in your legacy too. The Tall Oaks Foundation at Logos Academy provides the opportunity to make a lasting impact for our students through legacy and gift planning.

Lasting Impact
We know that as a donor, you are an investor, and investors want the most for their hard earned dollars. If you have been blessing our students with an annual gift, why not consider contributing to an endowed fund to make that gift go on FOREVER.

Endow Your Annual Gift
The Acorn Scholarship Fund is set up for those that want to make a lasting contribution at Logos Academy. Let’s say you give $200 a year to our students. Establishing a $4,000 fund allows you to contribute $200 annually FOREVER. Works for any size gift.
Annual gift x 20 = Annual gift FOREVER

Named Scholarship Fund
Making a truly memorable and significant gift is not out of reach. Set up a fund of $25,000+ and we will name that fund in your honor benefiting Logos students in a big way for generations.

How to Make it Happen
There are lots of ways to build your endowed fund. Here are some of the most common:

• Write Us In Your Will – Set a percentage or dollar amount to benefit students
• Multi Year Pledge – Give over several years above and beyond your annual gift
• Life Insurance – Set us as a beneficiary to your policy
• IRA’s – Save on taxes by giving your minimum distribution OR set us as a beneficiary
• Stocks – Save on capital gains tax when you donate appreciated stock
• Special Gift – Set up your fund when you receive an inheritance, bonus, or sell a business.

It All Starts with the Acorn
We know that growing a student from an acorn to an oak takes time and intentionality. Growing a fund that benefits students for generations to come takes the same care. Just like a small acorn has great potential so does a conversation exploring your legacy giving options.

Contact us!
Joanne Shannon – Advancement Officer
(717) 848-9835
joanne.shannon@logosyork.org

www.logosyork.org/talloaks

Kids Should Learn Love of Community Early

Schools should be doing everything they can to teach to be community minded at an early age. I was moved and impressed recently as I read the numerous applications we received from high school students who applied to become Logos Academy Student Ambassadors. We created this new program to develop leadership skills in students and to assist the school in utilizing student representatives. Almost every application spilled over with comments about their desire to serve the community, to help other people, and to make their corner of the world a better place.

This is in striking contrast to an article in a Stanford journal encouraging MBA grad programs to teach students the importance of caring about community. This article was written in response to the numerous public scandals of business leaders who conducted their business in unethical ways that harmed employees and communities. Can we really afford to wait until grad school to correct the years of malformation that is ingrained in students due to a win at any cost mindset prevalent in our nation?

One of the core distinctives of Logos Academy is that we are a Community Minded school. We believe that love of community should be instilled early in children, that God calls us to sacrifice and serve for the good of others. Our communities can’t afford to wait to teach the importance of caring about community until select students heading toward business leadership and power are in MBA programs.

Rev. Aaron J. Anderson

CEO

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