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Grade 8: Final Capstone Projects Call for Action

All year long, eighth graders have been working hard on their final culminating project as a student at Graland.
At the beginning of the year, students selected a topic for their Capstone project that centers around one of the 17 United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Goals. According to the U.N. website, each goal seeks to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and promote prosperity, peace, and partnership. Throughout the first semester, eighth graders researched a specific problem related to the U.N. Goals and wrote a research paper. While some looked at topics such as affordable housing in Denver, others focused on subjects such as deforestation in the Amazon, food insecurity in Colorado, and gender equality in the workplace. During this time, eighth graders also volunteered as a class at organizations that promote the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, including Denver Urban Gardens, Volunteers of America, St. Francis Day Shelter, Safe Outdoor Spaces, and Bluff Lake. This April, however, students got to take their Capstone project one step further by completing an independent volunteer project. On Thursday, April 6, instead of going to school, students shadowed and volunteered at an organization that specifically related to their Capstone topic and interviewed a person connected to that organization. Several places that eighth graders chose to visit included Engineers Without Borders, United Way, We Don’t Waste, Denver Health Newborns in Need, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Joy’s Kitchen, and more. To learn more about the Grade 8 Capstone project and the impactful work of these students and their teachers, check out the spring issue of “Graland Today!” 

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.