Ramsey students past, present and future
are involved in the renaming campaign.
(Photo at right: 8th graders during the lunch Rename Ramsey meeting)
Check out student organizing efforts on social media!
STUDENT LETTERS AND PETITIONS BELOW
- Every Monday students meet during lunches to discuss, plan, research, write letters and strategize for the renaming campaign
-Students presented facts about the life of Alexander Ramsey during an all-school assembly to celebrate indigenous peoples in November and during our Community Voices event on December 1st.
-Dare 2 Be Real antiracist student leadership group helped coordinate and lead discussion circles for our Community Voices event on Dec. 1st and will help for our next Community Voices event on Feb 28th.
-All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students had lessons to submit a new name recommendation in their ELA and Social Studies classes.
-Students organized a shoveling fundraiser over Winter Break to earn money for a new sign.
-6th grade Minnesota Studies classes are studying Ramsey as part of their state mandated standards research project. All sixth graders are currently completing their research and writing their papers. They have been involved in writing survey questions about the school that are being sent to families and students present, past and future. They are also studying Ramsey Middle School's the mission statement and their current opinions about whether or not to change the name. To help our investigation we have had college professors speak with the students, giving them a native perspective on Ramsey and two speakers from the Minnesota Historical Society; one is the director the Ramsey House in St. Paul, the other is the manager of K12 education at the society
-Student representatives will serve on the panel to narrow down name suggestions to 3-7 finalists on January 27th.
-Students are attending neighborhood meetings and interviews with local newspapers about the renaming campaign.
-Dare 2 Be Real and Rhino Pride students are planning a Bake Sale fundraiser for a new sign in February.
-Students plan to attend the School Board meetings in May and June to show their support and speak on behalf of the campaign.