In lieu of an 8th grade party, our event co-chairs Mary Chlopecki and Diane Kunst have pulled together a plan to unite our 8th graders in a legacy project, giving them all a meaningful opportunity to reflect on their years together at Cooper, including the unexpected way they closed out that era in their lives.
The project will include two items: a video and a book. Students will have an opportunity to contribute to both and will have free access to an electronic copy of both when they are complete. They will also have an opportunity to purchase a keepsake flash drive.
Project: A farewell video montage comprised of short videos and photos of 8th grade students.
Requested Video/Photo Submissions: Please submit one photo or one short video (10 seconds or less). Students may say goodbye, thank you, and/or share a memory, a good wish, or a thought with their classmates and/or teachers, or they can simply submit a photo or video of themselves with a sign or no words at all. All submissions should conform with the Cooper Code of Conduct (respectful, no profanity, etc.), be reviewed and approved by a parent prior to submission, and be sent directly from a parent.
Where and How To Send Submissions: Please name your file as follows: Farewell + Last name + First name + .file extension, with no spaces, characters, symbols or commas (e.g. FarewellCooperJames.jpg) and upload it to https://www.dropbox.com/request/SrU6OVZUoVT2gq0MjVAd.
Deadline: Please send submissions by June 2, 2020.
Project: A history book of this unique time from the perspective of the Cooper Middle School 8th graders. This will include an introduction, written by our students, providing background about the Coronavirus pandemic and how it affected Cooper 8th graders, followed by individual pages submitted by students, sharing through words, photos, or art their individual thoughts and experiences relating to the pandemic. Some possible approaches include collages, poetry or inspirational words (original or attributed), personal reflections, illustrations, paintings, photos capturing the changes the pandemic has brought to the world around us, or photos of students during the pandemic.
Survey Participation Requested: Students are invited to complete a short survey regarding their personal experience with Coronavirus, the results of which will be included in the book. Participation is completely voluntary, and participants’ names will not be published. The survey may be accessed through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWDTFGJ.
Volunteers to Research and Write Book Introduction: Students are invited to volunteer individually or in teams to research and write segments of the book’s introduction. Topics include: a) a brief history of the global pandemic; b) the pandemic’s impact on Cooper Middle School; c) student life during the pandemic; and d) the pandemic by the numbers, among other topics. Students interested in volunteering may view the sign-up and volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4AA8A628A75-cooper. We are on a tight turn-around schedule, so the earlier you can sign up, the better! We will need your written work back by June 8th.
Requested One-Page Book Submissions: Please submit one image to be included in the book in PDF, JPG, or PNG format. All submissions should conform with the Cooper Code of Conduct (respectful, kind, no profanity, etc.), be reviewed and approved by a parent prior to submission, and be sent directly from a parent.
Where and How to Send Submissions: Please name your file as follows: Book + Last name + First name + .file extension, with no spaces, characters, symbols or commas (e.g. BookCooperJames.pdf) and upload it to https://www.dropbox.com/request/YwddJO8ZtnTyVQyLUOXc.
Deadline: All surveys, SignUps, and book submissions are due by June 2, 2020.
Distribution of Farewell Video and Legacy Book
Electronic access to the farewell video and legacy book will be provided to each student in mid-June. Commemorative thumb drives containing both will be made available for purchase for $15 each. Details on how to purchase the thumb drive will be provided at the time the electronic versions are shared. A hard copy of the book will be presented to the Cooper Middle School library as an enduring legacy of the Cooper 8th grade class of 2020.
Questions: Anyone with questions is welcome to contact us. Our contact information is below.
We hope to get as much student participation in these projects as possible. The more students who make submissions, the more fun and meaningful these projects will be for everyone. Thank you in advance for any time and energy you are able to contribute to memorialize your unique experience at Cooper, and to make this unique goodbye as special as possible.