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Grade 5 Students Discuss Homelessness

Mr. Inigo’s fifth grade recently hosted a guest speaker to learn more about homelessness, the topic of their year-long big project. Lindsey Fisher, Gillispie PTEP parent, spoke about her experience working with people struggling with homelessness and severe mental illness.

She shared stories and information, and the students peppered her with questions.

A few fifth-grade parents joined the audience, and one parent asked: “What’s the best way to treat people you see on the street?”

Ms. Fisher reported that her clients often said they felt invisible. She encouraged students and their parents to simply say a polite hello, make eye contact, and smile. “Treat them like a human being,” she advised. We are so grateful to have members of our community take the time to speak with our students and further their learning.


About Gillispie School: Gillispie is an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We believe that learning is a journey in which children are active participants. Our students partner with teachers to further their academic, creative, and social growth, and we balance a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. Click here to learn more about our school.

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