St. Francis of Assisi Middle School
St. Francis of Assisi School strives to make social justice and peace education a centerpiece of the academic experience for all middle school students. The result has been a curriculum called Familiae Pacis, or Peace Families, which teaches compassionate listening, interconnectedness, and service to others. The goal is to show students the immense power they have to be agents of positive change.
The students embraced these lessons with fervor when they learned about the crisis in Darfur. They created an after school social justice club named the The St. Francis of Assisi Committee on Conscience. The club’s main goals are to raise funding for groups that directly service Darfurians, and increase awareness for people who do not know about, or are indifferent to the genocide. So far the St. Francis COC has raised thousands of dollars for relief efforts, held a community wide Peace Summit for over three-hundred middle school students, and lobbied the state of Kentucky to make Holocaust education mandatory. The students are relentless in their efforts to educate others not only about the crisis in Darfur, but about being compassionate, effective agents of positive change. They are an inspiration to their fellow students, adults in their community, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, whom they visit in Washington, DC, every year to deliver a report on their numerous initiatives.