“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” (Dr. Seuss)
This familiar poem offers a joyful introduction into Global Engagement at Pacific Ridge. The principle and practice of engaging in our world is integrated into nearly every aspect of the curriculum at our school. Classes, clubs, service learning and travel all provide opportunities for our students to explore the world.
While life changing year-end trips allow students to visit places near and far, year-round classes such as the ever popular Post-Colonial African Studies, World Languages, Arts, Theater, Music, Science and English offer students an intense introduction into global cultures, religions, politics and people. Integrated principles, projects and field trips help students to engage locally while thinking globally.
Our entire campus becomes a global learning lab each year when students from places such as China, France and Mexico, often hosted by Pacific Ridge families, are invited to learn side by side with students here. Additionally, clubs such as Model United Nations and Hands of Peace allow students to explore current and historic political issues while encouraging them to actively engage in working together towards solutions. Pacific Ridge’s service learning integrates theories of global engagement as well. Students apply their skills in journalism and photography, fashion design, athleticism and fundraising towards action-oriented projects such as providing needed supplies for a homeless shelter in South Africa, obtaining donations for shoes for children in India and coaching young basketball players in Tijuana.
By welcoming guests such as representatives from Amnesty International, refugees from Syria and global photojournalists to speak to the community at large, Community Life continues to provide a meaningful platform for raising awareness about challenges and hopes of people from all over the world.
Lastly, and as a testament to the strength of the global fabric woven into our curriculum, independent endeavors, inspired by lessons taught at Pacific Ridge, have been created by students outside of the classroom. These have included projects such as an art gala for Syrian children, a documentary film highlighting Europe’s refugee crisis and another highlighting the 9th graders’ annual pilgrimage to China.
Pacific Ridge students are global citizens who are dedicated to developing a world view. Through reading, writing, serving, creating, and traveling, the Pacific Ridge community is positively impacting our world.
- Gwen Lauren Meitchik (P'16, P'19)