WEIRD THINGS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL DID THAT I DIDN'T REALIZE WERE WEIRD UNTIL WAY LATER

Eccentricities of a contemporary private middle school
  1. May Day
    A pagan festival to celebrate spring where in students weave rainbow ribbons around a pole. The holiday was also adopted by socialist and communist groups to commemorate laborers and the Haymarket bombing.
  2. Children of Color Lunch
    Every Wednesday all the children of color ate lunch together. I was originally totally offended that I didn't get an invite (I'm white).
  3. Raps about Kwanzaa
    At our holiday concert, since there are no popular songs about Kwanza, our school's resident rap artist wrote some rhymes about the African holiday. Lyrics include: "Kwanzaa! Sierra Leone to Uganda. Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda. Kwanzaa! Men, women, boys and girls are celebrating Africa around the world!"
  4. 3rd grade half year whaling voyage
    To study whaling villages in New England we pretended we were different members of a whaling ship. I was a greenhorn. Our teacher was the captain. I was mad that the other Hannah got to be the chef.
  5. Wade in the water, Lift every voice and Sing, etc.
    Way too many negro spirituals for the % of black kids
  6. Mandatory ballroom dance lessons
    Idk these were a thing. I can foxtrot
  7. Wood shop
    One time I made a mask
  8. Movement
    As opposed to Physical Education or gym
  9. 4th grade olympics
    Complete with traditional home-made chytons
  10. Farm school
    My 6th grade class lived and labored on a farm in New Hampshire for 4 days. This was child labor.
  11. Lemon Week
    We pretended lemons were our children and we had to take care of them for a week