“The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful” (“Students’ Butterflies to Visit Nation’s Capitol,” Oct. 24); a project started in part by Alamedan Kaia Marbin, 11, will host a rally in solidarity with 15,000 detained migrant children on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th Street and 1st Avenue in Oakland.
After the Alameda Sun went to press Tuesday, parents rallied at City Hall drawing attention to that, according to the group, since the start of the school year on Aug. 19, five children have been hit by cars on their way to school in Alameda. The “Alameda School Zone Safety Rally” was expected to take place just before the City Council meeting Nov. 5.
Children from Temple Israel’s Hebrew School helped out on Sunday, Oct. 27, at a loading party to help fill an Alameda Food Bank truck with more than 225 bags of groceries. The congregation donated the groceries during the temple’s High Holy Days food drive. The temple gave its congregants grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah, which fell this year from sunset Sept. 29 to sunset Oct. 1. These days mark the beginning of 10 days of repentance that end with the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, this year from sunset Oct. 8 until nightfall Oct. 9.
Alamedan’s project addresses issues at Mexico border
Late last year, 11-year-old Kaia Marbin from Wood Middle School and her friend, 10-year-old Lily Ellis from Berkeley, wanted to let the country know that the 15,000 children the federal government was holding in detention centers were loved and supported. To accomplish this they created “The Butterfly Effect.” The program aimed to create and publicly display 15,000 handmade origami butterflies. Each butterfly would represent one child the government had separated from his or her family.
Lincoln Middle School students Juliana Chinzorig, 12, whose sign reads “There is no Planet B” and Katelyn Le, 12, with sign reading “Act as if our home is on fire, because it is!” attended the Oct. 12 City Council meeting to help bring awareness to human-caused climate change. The duo continued efforts begun by students internationally to bring attention to what younger generations see as a critical issue affecting their future.