Help me give my students transportation to the annual MassJCL State Convention where they will participate in all sorts of competitions.
With 120 members, the Classics Club is our school's largest club. As we love to say, "we don't have meetings, we have outings." We do three long-distance bus trips per year and innumerable community service and other such events. We invite a local professor to deliver an address on some topic concerning the ancient world and we publish a school-wide newsletter about our activities.
Our school is a racially-diverse, public exam school in Boston.
Our students come from all neighborhoods of the city to attend classes with a rigorous, vibrant, college-preparatory curriculum. Most students will be the first in their family to attend college. Over half are 1st or 2nd generation Americans. The majority meet federal poverty guidelines for free or reduced price lunch. 98% of our graduates go on to college. Students entering in 7th grade are required to take four years of Latin; those entering in 9th grade must take three years. Why do our urban public school students take Latin? They will tell you that it helps them acquire more sophisticated English skills, makes it easier to learn a modern foreign language, and gives them a unique perspective on culture and history.
This 3-day state convention is the culmination of a year's worth of classroom learning. The students will be able to participate in academic, artistic, dramatic, and athletic contests.
One very important part of the weekend is our large electoral process (for the 9 students who will become the new state officers) through which the delegates get to experience campaigning, open forums, and discussions of the best candidates.
These electoral activities are a good model for what students should do for the rest of their lives when trying to decide, by themselves and with others, who the best candidates are in our local, state, and national elections.
Of course, a weekend wouldn't be complete without a dance and a game room. But, the final classical events of the weekend are the Toga Parade and Chariot Race.
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