Hyde Woodstock officially kicked off its Leaders and Learners program with guest speaker John Peacock. He met with the group to answer any questions they had after watching a documentary on the Oceti Sakowin tribe of South Dakota. Mr. Peacock, who is the father of Sean Peacock, ’10, discovered he was part of this tribe while researching American Indians. Allie Dubinsky ’10 stated “You’ve made me realize how important our relationship with nature and each other is.” He also spoke to the school at a Morning Meeting about how he learned of his Indian heritage and his journey since finding out. He urged the students to hang on to their heritage as it “will die without constant attention and willingness to pass it on.” He then spoke to four different class periods about the culture and social contracts of the Oceti Sakowin. There are three divisions in the Oceti Sakowim system (Dakota, Nakota, Lakota) and they are usually referred to as the “Sioux.” By the time the day was over he had spoken to all the students twice!
The purpose of Hyde’s Leaders and Learners Program is to provide opportunities for Hyde students to explore topics in academics and leadership through the guidance of experts in our community. In short, it is a goal of the Leaders and Learners Program to inspire greatness in students as they move forward in their lives.
Hyde-Woodstock’s Leaders and Learners are: Adam Ben-Hanania ’11, Michael Cannon ’11, Nora Curran ’10, Allison Dubinsky ’10, Abinaser Ibraham ’12, Kun Il Kim ’11, Mac McGuire ’11, Adam Ben-Hanania ’11, and Michael Cannon ’11.