Jane Visits Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:40pm

While Jane was in Washington, DC in April she not only received the AAG Atlas Award, she also spent the day at Sidwell Friends School. Sidwell Friends is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD.

Jane spoke at the school in celebration of Sidwell's Peace Week and to congratulate the school on becoming a member of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. The only way for Jane to speak to all the students interested in Roots & Shoots was for her to give 2 lectures! Peace is a recurring theme for members of the program. Every year, members of Roots & Shoots participate in the International Day of Peace. Visit the Roots & Shoots website for more information.  

Jane gave 2 presentations in the Sidwell auditorium. An iconic image of Jane in the the Gombe National Park served as the background.
Both the lower and upper school students came -- hundreds of students heard the message about Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program.
When Jane asked the students, "who wants to change the world?" they jumped to their feet and joined her in an enthustiastic call to action.
The Sidwell Friends School campus was beautiful at the beginning of Spring.
Jane, who is a United Nations Messenger of Peace, came to campus to celebrate Peace Week. Signs like this one above were placed throughout the school.

 Photos and text by John Trybus (JGI)

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