540WMain Partners with Rochester City School District Enrico Fermi School #17 for Student Open Mic Showcase | May 23
We are pleased to announce our first ever partnership with the Rochester City School District Enrico Fermi’s School #17 for a spring Student Open Mic Showcase
Who: A group of 8th grade students from School #17
What: Stories of Resilience: An Evening of Song, Poetry & Photography : Student Open Mic Night
This is an event coordinated by a group of 8th grade students from School #17, their teacher, Alicia Renner, and Calvin Eaton of 540WMain Communiversity. Working through the M.K. Gandhi Institute’s Youth Healing Hate grant, the event’s focus is to shine a spotlight on the students of the Rochester City School District’s Enrico Fermi School and allow them to tell their stories through songs, poetry, and photography.
In preparing for the event, students are participating with community members and with each other about finding one’s voice, overcoming obstacles, dealing with racial biases and systemic racism, maintaining resilience, and highlighting the beauty in their communities. The event will be student performances in an open-mic style.
1872 Cafe | 431 West Main Street
—> No cover, donations accepted
—> Pre-register recommended, walk-ins welcome (space is limited)
About Alicia Renner
I am an 8th grade Spanish teacher in the RCSD. I have been a teacher for ten years, both in the RCSD and in Mexico City, where I lived for five years. I’m excited to be part of a community school at Enrico Fermi School #17, where we place student and family empowerment at the forefront by working to build unity between students, families, our school, our neighborhood, and community members and agencies.