Cool Schools: Washington Jesuit Academy Rap For Tolerance

7:29 AM, May 6, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- What's COOLER than Rap for young people these days? Connect Hip Hop and a lesson on tolerance, and that's the focus of this week's Cool Schools report.

The students at Washington Jesuit Academy wrote Rap songs about "Friendship" and "Accepting Differences in Others" and a bunch of other positive Topics.

Jongsun Mayele, 7th Grader: "The first thing I thought about is my friends, what we love to do, and what can keep us together and avoid doing anything wrong."

Students were encouraged by their teacher, Derek Porter, who composed the music for their lyrics.

He says after the first performance, the lesson started to get really popular. "Seeing the brave faithful few step up first, then others are like man I think I can do that!"

The tolerance lesson was such a success, the students formed a club and now already have five songs completed for the CD they are producing.

Marcus Washington, the Assistant Head Master, says the rap project really brought home the meaning of tolerance. "There's nothing to be ashamed of. There's nothing to hide from. Let's put it out there, and we can see that everyone's really is different and also really celebrate those differences."

What better way to celebrate than with music! Pretty COOL!!

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