Middle School Diversity Club Raises Funds to Support the AAPI Community

Written by History Teacher and MS Diversity Coordinator Dan So-Schoos

May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and as part of their efforts to raise awareness and support the AAPI community, the Middle School Diversity Club hosted a fundraiser on May 27 featuring sweet treats from South and East Asia. The sale of these snacks during the Middle and Upper School lunch periods raised $668.90 which will be donated to the Stop AAPI Hate Coalition. According to FBI statistics, hate crimes targeting AAPI people rose 73% in 2020; studies by other monitoring groups show an even larger increase in 2021. No other demographic group has seen as sharp an increase in reported hate crimes in this time period. The good work done by our Middle School students in raising awareness and funding to combat this rising toxic tide is important and a reflection of our Quaker values here at MFS. As the Laotian-American poet and author Bryan Thao Worra wrote, “A single seed can turn into a forest; a single heart can transform a nation.”

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