Camden 28 – A Moment in History

In preparation for the field trip on December 6, the following PDF will be helpful. It provides background and information about each of the men and women involved.

Camden 28 Discussion Guide

 

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Brimm News is Back!

The first marking period is already over and our students have had a great start to the new school year. We welcomed Eagles safety, Rodney McLeod, to Brimm and met with scientists and business executives from the Janssen subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson. Click here to read our fall issue of Brimm News!

For a chance to see Brimm on Fox News 29 and to learn more about the Student Health Impact Project click here!

 

Welcome Back to School 2018!

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As summer comes to an end, we are ready for another exciting year! The first day of school is Thursday, September 6. Last week, staff, students, and their families kicked off the new year with the first annual, Brimm Luau. Special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible: NJEA, Miguel’s Pharmacy, Brimm’s Alumni and the PTSA.

Our staff was busy over the summer attending professional development and preparing to the new year. Our students worked, volunteered, attended practice, and  interned at various places in South Jersey and Philadelphia.

For a look at what we’ve been up to and what’s ahead for the 2018-2019 school year, check out our Back to School issue of Brimm News BacktoSchool2018!

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The tablets were donated by Miguel’s Pharmacy . Congratulations to the raffle winners!

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Congratulations Class of 2018!

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For the Class of 2018, graduation day has finally arrived! On Friday, June 22, staff, friends, and family, celebrated and honored these amazing students. Click here to read our graduation issue of BrimmNews! Our students received thousands of dollars in scholarship including full paid tuition to Rowan University and Rutgers – New Brunswick. On behalf of my colleagues and myself, thank you for an amazing year!

 

The Promise of Spring

As we prepare for the end of the school year, our students have a promising future. In the latest issue of  BrimmNews!, nine students were inducted into the Nation Honor Society. During the induction ceremony, students were honored for their academics, leadership, service, and character. Our students were center of the community once again and during Senior Signing Day, the Class of 2018 announced where they will attend college this fall. We look forward to graduation on June 22!

 

Students from the Chowhounds being interviewed by NBC 10! Click here to see the story!

 

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50 Years Later

Sometimes, a casual conversation makes you stop in your tracks. Back in early January, my dad said, “you know, the end of the month is 50 years since I arrived in Viet Nam”. I hadn’t realized it was. He arrived in Viet Nam right before the Tet Offensive in 1968. He was only 20 years old. I thought for a moment and responded with, “That means this April is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination”. He nodded.

2017 brought my family so many amazing celebrations, most notably, my father’s 70th birthday and my parents’ 40 anniversary. As 2018 began, I hadn’t realized the historical impact of this year. 50 years have passed since 1968, since Dr. King’s assassination, Robert Kennedy’s assassination, Viet Nam, and everything else that occurred in this pivotal year.

I teach in an urban community so all of my students know about Dr. King and many other influential African Americans. One of my former students even celebrates her birthday today, along with Dr. Maya Angelou. History can be hard for students to connect to as it all occurred “so long ago”. When we meet people that lived through something, it brings life to that event. That event now has a story with real people connected to it. It shows us how these events impacted the people that lived through it. It shows us the life and legacy of that historic person.

Last week before our spring break, I told my students today is the 50th anniversary since we wouldn’t be in school today. It caught some of them off guard too and they stopped to think about what I just said. It made me think about the fact that Dr. King was just a few years older than me at the time he was killed. It makes me wonder if we have made progress. It made me realize that many of the people from modern history are already gone.

As one student said, “we are losing so many great black people”. Linda Brown died on March 25. We happened to be studying the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education in one class that week. We are losing many of the people who have shaped history over the years. Dr. Maya Angelou and Nelson Mandela just two that come to mind. I can no longer say, “she is still alive”. So, I find stories connected to these people to illustrate their legacy.

As we remember Dr. King today, we honor his life and legacy. We look to see is shaping the next 50. Among them, Dr. King and his legacy will live on.