Last Friday, MICDS, in partnership with the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, hosted a private screening of the film, Day One.
Day One follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique school in the St. Louis Public Schools system for refugees only. The kids are guided through an incredible program of healing, PTSD intervention, education and adjustment by the school’s passionate and talented educators. Filmed over the course of a year, Day One follows the kids as they adjust to their new lives, forging new friendships and preparing to be mainstreamed into “regular” public high school.
If you would like to work with refugees who have been resettled in St. Louis, there are numerous ways you can help through the International Institute of St. Louis. If any Upper School students are interested in getting involved, students ages 16+ are able to work as English tutors or help with citizen preparatory classes after school. Click here for more information.