“We learn so much from the kids,” said Karen Calenzo, program coordinator through Interfairth Works. “They really soak this in and have a lot of insight about white privilege, cultural biases, assumptions and stereotypes. It is so wonderful to see them develop these relationships which they will have the rest of their lives.”
The popular and much-awaited “exchange program” between Fowler and Skaneateles High Schools is in full swing.
Skaneateles students “shadowed” at Fowler first and then Fowler students spent a day at Skaneateles High School. It is the beginning of what will become an intense experience for about 20 students from each school who are involved in the exchange.
Over the course of five day-long sessions, students (led by trained student facilitators from each school) will have raw and intimate conversations that will break down stereotypes and biases. Each year, students from the two schools start out as strangers. They part as friends, and as people with broader perspectives.