Breakwater students marching in the Pride! Portland parade in 2018

Breakwater students marching in the Pride! Portland parade in 2018

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GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

GSA is a club open to 6th-8th grade students that was started in 2016 after many students voiced a desire to have such a club at Breakwater. The mission of the group is to create a safe and inclusive school climate for all students while promoting equality and representation for the LGBTQ+ community. Club members claim a new title each year based on their members - such titles have included RAINBOW and PRIDE CLUB. The club meets weekly during lunch and organizes events such as “GLSEN’s No Name Calling Week” and organizes school community members to march with them in the annual Pride! Portland parade. Students partake in meetings and conversations that teach them to value diversity and practice tolerance and acceptance. To learn more, contact the club’s adviser Kelly

Civil Rights Team

The Civil Rights Team is a new Breakwater club started in 2018. The club is open to 3rd-8th grade students and aims to foster conversations pertaining to equality and inequality, fairness, rights and wrongs, and the history of civil rights groups in America and around the world. Through facilitated conversations, the group strives to make a difference and promote equality. Club members are encouraged to ask questions and collaborate to seek solutions on a local and community level. Meetings occur weekly on Fridays after early release. To learn more, contact the club’s advisers Zev and Kelly

Middle School Rock Band

Middle School Rock Band started in 2007 with the first band being named “Closer to Home.” This club encourages students in grades 5-8 to build teamwork, explore their creativity, practice skills on their instruments, and create music with students across grade levels. Students sing and play a variety of instruments from drums, guitar, ukulele, piano, and violin. They are coached by members of the Enrichment Team and other visiting musicians. Student performances occur at the annual Winter Concert in December. This club meets weekly after early release on Fridays