For our first 8th grade Main Lesson, we discovered the biomes of Africa, the history of sugar migration into the Mediterranean, and the splendor of the African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. The amazing circle of life, represented in the ecologies of the African baobab and acacia trees, was imagined by the students as they described and illustrated the majestic trees. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of last week, we began our day with lively African dance and drumming with Jenna DeRosa, and our drummers, Max and Lance Cheney. The students danced barefooted and enjoyed one of the classes outside in the cool morning air. Our morning poem was, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes–A meditation on the deep human connection to the earth and rivers.