Buckley Country Day School’s seventh graders recently attended the prestigious WE Day U.N, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The unique, invitation-only event allowed students from throughout the tri-state area to hear from an assortment of high-profile speakers from throughout the world, who spoke about empowering students to make changes—both locally and globally.
“We were so honored to be selected to attend WE Day U.N.,”said Buckley history teacher Patricia Russac. “It was really exciting for the Buckley students to hear about so many different social justice topics from so many exciting speakers. It was really a great day.”
Among the speakers at this year’s event were: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, former President of Ireland Mary Robison, Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, and many more. The message from all of the speakers was loud and clear: students of today do not need to wait until tomorrow to make changes in the world. They spoke about empowerment and social justice and did so in an energetic way. The wide-range of topics discussed made the event extremely interesting and informative.
The event, which is the brainchild of brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, was one of 17 WE Days scheduled through 2018. The excitement in the packed arena was palpable and Buckley students enjoyed every minute of it.
“WE Day was really cool because the celebrities were encouraging us to make a difference,” said Buckey seventh grader Allison Rosenthal.