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April 8, 2016

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MRH Meets Model UN

Model UNEach spring, students from dozens of middle schools from around the St. Louis area convene at the Creve Coeur Government Center to take on the roles of delegates from member countries of the United Nations. In early April, Maplewood Richmond Heights E4 (Gifted Program) students in grades 6–8 participated in this simulation with other schools.

Playing the role of a U.N. delegate is first introduced to 6th grade students.  In 7th and 8th grades, they work with more complex issues and sophisticated agendas. The solutions the students create are often modeled after real delegates that they emulate. The issues that consistently grab students’ attention are generally related to human rights: child labor, women’s rights, protecting the environment, universal access to education, and health care.  Their resolutions are carefully crafted with considerable assistance from very capable classroom teachers.  They learn to anticipate comments, questions, and amendments related to their resolutions, and they craft their own responses.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.