Battle Against Hunger Week

Submitted by Angela Altomonte

This week starts a tradition that started four years ago with Raad Alawan. He wanted to battle off and on the field with DHS to raise cans for families in need. It has now grown into battling against hunger as a community. All our feeder schools and major high schools are battling this week.

Our goal is 10,000 cans and 2,500 dollars for FHS! The organizations we are donating to is Zaman International food pantry for women and children, and Amity Foundation to feed about 35 families, that includes 6-8 members, this Thanksgiving. Our overall goal as a community is 30,000 cans and 7,500 dollars! We can do this if we pull together :).

It is not about the amount, but the action! Students can give whatever amount that it is they can give, please consider supporting this worthy cause.

Below are pictures and a video of high school students taking part in an interview on Channel 7 News, Sunday Morning, as well as the Turkey Trot! Ali Dabaje took second in the 2-mile run and Mariam Dabaja Third!  We raised a little over 500 dollars, after expenses, and 250 cans at the Turkey Trot. Thank you all that supported this! It was cold, but, a different experience for kids of all ages that came to participate.

Students standing at picnic table preparing for turkey trot.three students with medals from turkey trot

Fordson Students Create a Video on Voting and Having Your Voice Heard.

Students in Ms. Alaouie’s Language Arts class were given an assignment to create rhetoric in the real world; so they can see it’s everywhere. The class spent time analyzing visual texts and commercials, and were then asked to create their own. One group of students  chose to bring awareness to the social issue of voting and having your voice count. Students planned everything, from choosing a target audience, identifying the rhetorical strategies, and creating the videos and editing.

Fordson Students Participate In Wayne State University’s Giant Step Conference

Thirty of our students attended the WSU Giant Step Conference on Oct. 23, 2018, which is also National Mix It Up Lunch Day.  41 schools and 250 9th-11th graders attended the conference that promoted social harmony and inclusion through shared issues and experiences. Giant Step teens come from diverse backgrounds to share, learn and eventually uncover what they have in common.

Three of Fordson’s finest seniors were facilitators at the conference.
They were phenomenal facilitators that were trained by WSU, to facilitate youth dialogue.
group of students posing for a pictureTwo students at a podium speaking to the conference
Submitted by Norma Harb

Fordson Choir Collaborates with National Arab Orchestra and Chelsea High School

Fordson’s Chamber Choir traveled to Chelsea High School to begin a five-month Music Cultural Exchange. The overall goal of the exchange is to build relationships and break down stereotypes through music. This was the first step in the program that will include Chelsea’s choirs visiting Fordson in November, combined evening rehearsals with Chelsea’s orchestra, performing for the Village of Chelsea Hometown Holidays concert series in December, and performing in Dearborn in March.

Here is a video of the performance on October 7t:.

Musical Collaboration

This past weekend, the Chamber Choir from Fordson joined forces with singers from Edsel Ford and the Detroit School of the Arts and performed with the National Arab Orchestra. This kind of collaboration represents the very best that music has to offer culturally and educationally. Many students singingChoir on stage

Submitted by Matt Laura

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