School Hosts Jack and Jill Gathering

News  /  by Eden Fesseha '19  /  May 06, 2016

This past Saturday, the Mercer County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. hosted its fifth Annual Education Symposium at the Bath House. Jack and Jill of America, a consortium of over 230 nationwide chapters, was established to bring together African-American families in a collaborative and supportive environment. Specifically, this event was for current Lawrenceville Jack and Jill students, as well as students in grades six to eight and their families.

When asked about the purpose of this event, Rhonda Medina P’15 ’19, president of Jack and Jill of Mercer County, said, “[It] is to introduce our membership to the independent schools.”

This was accomplished by partnering current Lawrenceville Jack and Jill students with prospective students and their families, who were taken on tours of the campus. In addition, these students were given the opportunity to ask questions to Lawrenceville students and representatives from the School as well as other area schools such as The Peddie School, The Hun School of Princeton, and Stuart Country Day School. According to Rhonda Medina, one of the most frequently asked questions was “How do I prepare myself in middle school for high school?” The students were eager to prepare themselves not only for high school, but also for the admission process that they will soon go though.

At the same time, Lawrenceville upperclassmen were able to meet with a panel of representatives from colleges such as Princeton University, Columbia University, and University of Pennsylvania. Injil Muhammad ’17, President of the Alliance of Black Cultures, explained that these representatives “talked about what it necessary to get into [those] types of schools.” In other words, the Lawrenceville students were given an idea of how they might prepare for the college admissions process.

For Jillian Medina ’19, it is important to have events like these to ensure that “there are enough people of color applying so that there is diversity at Lawrenceville.”

Jillian Medina’s feelings were echoed by Muhammad, who said, “It is important to expand our horizons as a community to make sure we don’t limit ourselves.” By giving students a first glimpse of Lawrenceville, we can ensure that our community represents people from all different backgrounds.

Looking ahead, Rhonda Medina explained that Jack and Jill currently does not have any plans for more events like this one. However, the symposium is scheduled to occur again next year.