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Calling All Schools: Get Involved in #MyFreedomDay
By Kevin Glass an Mike McCarthy 19-Jan-18
Dear Fellow Heads of School, Mike McCarthy and I wanted to reach out to you all to give you a heads up about the second annual #MyFreedomDay—coming up in March. I’m sure many of you remember the incredible success of #myfreedomday last year, where students in international and local schools all over the world, took part in a global day of action to help end modern-day slavery. The results were astounding! Students from more than 100 countries participated, reaching more than 160 million Facebook timelines. In addition, there were more than 33,000 tweets and 400,000 Snapchat stories. We were trending on Twitter in several countries. But what was most impressive was the energy and optimism that went into these student-led events. Learning for Action and Impact. Our young people and our schools around the world really can make a difference in people's lives and in human society. IF we stand up to do so. Here is a snapshot of last year’s #myfreedomday, courtesy of our friends at CNN http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/13/world/myfreedomday-live-blog/index.html Now we want to do it again: only bigger and better! Our many thousands of schools around the world can help make this a Global Movement and a Global Day of Action. On March 14, 2018, CNN will be asking individuals, projects, schools, cities and countries to participate in a day of action to prevent this 21st century human-rights tragedy. And just like last year, they will need the help of our international students, schools and communities, to pull this off! This is a chance for our international schools and international organizations to put into action the our various missions, visions, core values, strategic plans we all collectively speak to and believe in. If you’re interested in engaging, we’ve set up a GoogleDoc form that we would love the students and/or teacher supervisors to fill out. It should take less than a minute to complete. Mike and I will be following up with more information in the coming weeks, including a list of suggestions and ideas that came from the schools last year. But remember, these are just suggestions. The sky’s the limit here when we’re talking about creative events, and we encourage all students to dream big in their planning. In the meantime, we’d like to encourage students to use their social media platforms to help spread the word. They can do so by answering these two questions: “What does freedom mean to you?” and/or “What is something we could do to make sure everyone lives in a free world?” Many thanks for standing up with us on this one. The time for silence and apathy is over. Mike McCarthy Senior Vice President and General Manager CNN International And Kevin J. Glass Headmaster Kevin Glass Headmaster ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 2890 North Fulton Drive Atlanta, GA 30305 Main: 404.841.3840 Direct: 404 841 3849
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