All Events

1999
New Middle School Building Opens

New Middle School Building Opens

The new three-story Middle School building opens at 272 Sixth Avenue, linking the existing lower school at 196 Bleecker Street and the middle school at Nos. 200 and 202, creating space to better support the school’s progressive practice. It stands..Read More

2000
Little Red Radicals

Little Red Radicals

School was centered around social and political activism: demonstrating, taking stands, acting on your beliefs, making the world a better place to live in. A New York Times article in the City Section features a reunion of LREI’s class of..Read More

2001
The Bravest Girl: Ruby Bridges

The Bravest Girl: Ruby Bridges

In 2001, Shoshana and Suzanne’s first grade class read a book about Ruby Bridges, a first grader and the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on..Read More

2001

LREI Honors FDNY Engine 24, Ladder 5

In November 2001, FDNY and NYPD officers joined LREI students and faculty in an assembly to honor the 11 FDNY Engine 24, Ladder 5, Battalion 2 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. Their firehouse..Read More

2003

LREI Marches in NYC Pride March

LREI marches in the New York City Pride March. For this annual event, LREI shares a float with the Calhoun School complete with a DJ “booth” and rainbows galore. (Photos in slideshow are from 2014)

2003
LREI Hires Director of Diversity and Community

LREI Hires Director of Diversity and Community

LREI hires Sharon Dupree as its first Director of Diversity and Community. Sandra “Chap” Chapman (also pictured here on the right) becomes Director of Equity and Community in 2007.

2004
Phil Kassen Becomes Director

Phil Kassen Becomes Director

When Phil Kassen was asked by a parent during the search process for LREI’s new director, “Why have you stayed at LREI for so long?” his response was: There are many reasons, large and small, including these: Mission-Driven—LREI is true..Read More

2004
The Community Service Roundtable

The Community Service Roundtable

Community service at LREI has been a core aspect of the school’s values, mission, and program since the school’s inception in the 1920s.  Our school’s mission statement underscores the importance of cultivating an ethic of service among all our students..Read More

2007
Students March to Fight Global Warming

Students March to Fight Global Warming

On Saturday, April 14, 2007 over 90 members of the LREI community covered themselves in blue and joined hands with thousands of others to form the human coastline around lower Manhattan called the Sea of People. Consisting of a U-shaped..Read More

2007
The Power and Price of Privilege

The Power and Price of Privilege

Tim Wise, Director of the Association for White Anti-racist Education (AWARE) came to LREI to facilitate dialogue on race and privilege in America with students, faculty, and parents. He discussed the historical foundations of white privilege and how it is..Read More

2008

First Eighth Grade Social Justice Project

One of the major themes of the eighth grade curriculum is active citizenship. In humanities classes, students work on the “Social Justice Project.” Students identify civil and human rights topics in which they are interested, and work in small groups..Read More

2011

LREI’s 90th Anniversary + Ideas Speaker Series Launch

LREI celebrated its 90th anniversary by launching the Ideas Speaker Series. The inaugural series included talks by author Siddhartha Mukherjee (P’29, ’23), activist Christy Turlington (P’22,’24), PBS education correspondent John Merrow, and author Steven Johnson.

2012

First Middle School Medieval Guilds Presentation

One major project in sixth grade is the medieval pageant. Students choose from a variety of  guilds such as arms and armor, medicine, cartography, and music. They immerse themselves in their area of study over a significant period of time...Read More

2012

Adopt-a-Family Sandy Cleanup

On Friday, December 7, 2012, students took the ferry to Staten Island to help in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

2014
LREI Students at Drink Up with Michelle Obama

LREI Students at Drink Up with Michelle Obama

LREI students participated in Drink Up, a collaboration to encourage everyone to drink more water between the Partnership for a Healthier America – which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chairwoman Michelle Obama to make the healthy choice..Read More

2014
Student Walkout 2014

Student Walkout 2014

In December 2014, thousands of students from schools across the U.S. staged a massive walkout in solidarity with Ferguson and other communities affected by police violence. LREI high school and middle school students joined the many demonstrations that occurred in..Read More

2014
New High School Wing Opens

New High School Wing Opens

The Charlton Street Arts Pavilion opens, a five-story visual and performing arts addition at the High School with classrooms and studios designed to inspire and to create space to better support progressive practice.

2015
One Teacher in Ten

One Teacher in Ten

LREI hosts a panel discussion on One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better . . . and What Hasn’t. The One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source..Read More

2016
Working Toward Democracy

Working Toward Democracy

Fourth graders conducting an exit poll during the 2016 elections. As we continue to educate for and work toward democracy in the LREI community, in American society and throughout the world, it is heartening and inspiring to reflect on the..Read More

2016
New York Magazine Features LREI Protesters

New York Magazine Features LREI Protesters

LREI students featured in New York Magazine’s annual “Reasons to Love New York ” 12th edition, 2016: No. 2 | Because Even Our Protesters Are Precocious. Read the full article here.

2016

Gloria Steinem Visits Feminism Class

Gloria Steinem, feminist journalist and social political activist, visited Ileana Jiménez’ Feminism class.

2016

The Laramie Project + Moisés Kaufman Lecture

LREI’s production of The Laramie Project premiered during election week of November 2016 – a fractious and memorable moment in political history, when hate speech was again on the rise. The students who participated in the play hosted an audience talkback..Read More

2016
LREI Students Protest Constitution Pipeline

LREI Students Protest Constitution Pipeline

LREI students travel to Albany to protest the Constitution Pipeline.

2017
Parents at LREI

Parents at LREI

From LREI’s Instagram on October 6, 2017, in response to Hurricane Maria and the Puebla earthquake: LREI Community delivers relief ! Today, we sorted and separated enough product to fill a moving truck. Everything has been divided equally and is now..Read More

2017
LREI at Women’s March

LREI at Women’s March

LREI students and teachers participated in the Women’s March, a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. It was prompted by the fact that several of Trump’s statements were considered by many..Read More

2017
Facing Whiteness

Facing Whiteness

Filmmaker and educator Whitney Dow spoke at LREI as part of the 2017 ideas Speaker Series. His project “Facing Whiteness” examines how Americans who identify as “white,” or “partially white,” process their ethnicity, and pair it with secondary quantitative data..Read More

2017

Transgender and Non-Binary Inclusion Assembly

LREI’s first Transgender and Non-Binary Inclusion Assembly

2017
Politics in the Schoolhouse

Politics in the Schoolhouse

LREI Director Phil Kassen publishes “Politics in the Schoolhouse,” an article about the importance of discussing politics in the classroom. We do not teach about politics for politics’ sake. We do not teach through conflict for conflict’s sake. We do..Read More

2018

National School Walkout Against Gun Violence

Thousands Protest Against Gun Violence Across the U.S., including LREI students from all three divisions. The younger students stood in with signs outside of the Sixth Avenue building while high school students joined crowds of protesters in Washington Square Park...Read More

2018
School Was Our Life Book Launch

School Was Our Life Book Launch

LREI hosted the book launch of School Was Our Life: Remembering Progressive Education by philosopher Jane Roland Martin ‘47, a collection of stories and recollections from students who attended Little Red during the 1930s and 1940s, the peak of progressive..Read More

2018
All-School Read of I AM JAZZ

All-School Read of I AM JAZZ

In 2018, LREI participated in the first annual all-school read of the book I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings. This book, as well as several other books on the topics of gender and identity, have played an important role in..Read More

2018
Fourth Grade Play

Fourth Grade Play

Each year, the fourth grade writes and performs a play centered around their social studies curriculum, which is typically focused on contemporary immigration, historical immigration, civil rights, current events, and social justice. These topics are never fully predetermined – students’..Read More

2018
Heads of Schools Speak Out Against Gun Violence

Heads of Schools Speak Out Against Gun Violence

In February 2018, Heads of independent schools in the New York metropolitan area write an open letter in The New York Times speaking out against gun violence following shooting at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that..Read More

2018
ideas Speaker Series with TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky

ideas Speaker Series with TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky

ideas Speaker Series and Sustainable LREI Present: Eliminating the idea of waste and changing the way people look at garbage, with Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle.

2019
Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Sustainable LREI sponsors an annual beach cleanup at Rockaway Beach. In 2018, they collected over 200 lbs of trash.

2019
The Commons Project

The Commons Project

The Commons Project was initiated as a framework for approaching service learning, and civic and community engagement. The school  choose to interpret the idea of the “commons” broadly in examining our role as citizens of our school community and of the larger world as..Read More

2019

Silent March for Climate Change

The Fours didn’t want to be left out of the climate change movement. They rallied in the hallways of Sixth Avenue, visiting classrooms and proudly displaying signs to build awareness through their own “Silent March for Climate Change”.

2019
STEM in South Africa

STEM in South Africa

Ellana Lawrence ’18 travels to South Africa with a group that seeks to train and inspire a new generation of ethically minded STEM workers.

2019
Service Learning in the Deepest Sense – 11th Grade Trip

Service Learning in the Deepest Sense – 11th Grade Trip

One practice that is grounded in our progressive principles is the field trip, an approach to learning that was pioneered at LREI. Through the trip, we seek to take learning out into the world and to then bring the world..Read More

2020
The Democracy  Project

The Democracy Project

LREI launches a collective, school-wide effort called The Democracy Project to uphold this country’s core democratic values. The Democracy Project is a student-led initiative to help the LREI student community become more knowledgeable on and involved in the democratic process,..Read More

2020

The rights of those who differ from ourselves

Fourteen students from the high school ‘Exile and Immigration’ class came together in conversation with four of New Sanctuary Coalition’s community members – three friends recently released from detention and a family member. This series, “Finding Light: Sharing Experiences of..Read More

2020

LREI Moves Online

In March 2020, LREI moved online to LREI@home. Teachers, faced with the Herculean task of creating from scratch virtual classrooms that brought LREI’s hands-on, participatory learning onto zoom in the space of two weeks, accomplished the impossible by finding creative..Read More

2020

Back to School 2020-2021

LREI opened for in-person classes in October 2020 after several months of LREI@home. Masked, socially distanced, and with windows open through the winter, students and teachers rallied to find creative ways to make school not only a safe space for..Read More

2021
Angela Davis ’61 Speaks at Senior Banquet

Angela Davis ’61 Speaks at Senior Banquet

EI alumna Angela Davis ’61 spoke to the 2021 graduating class at their senior banquet via zoom.

2021

100 Acts of Service

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of LREI, we are cataloging 100 Acts of Service. Click here to see the photos. Each of these opportunities will incorporate a service-learning component. The service-learning component frames and contextualizes the service opportunity through..Read More

2021
Vision Zero

Vision Zero

Zane Walker ‘22, co-leader of the Vision Zero Youth Council, a student-led group that works with local schools, organizations, and elected officials in the fight for street safety, publishes an Op-Ed in The Daily News about the urgent need to..Read More

2021
Senior Project + Service Learning

Senior Project + Service Learning

Beginning spring 2022, all Senior Projects will be required to include a service component. The Senior Project is the culmination of each student’s LREI career. The Senior Project takes the values and academics of LREI and allows students to explore these..Read More

2022
Romance and Adventure of the World

Romance and Adventure of the World

What better way to look ahead to the new year than seeing the first graders help the NYC Parks Department plant bulbs in the newly renovated Little Red Square? We’ve been told that these tulips, donated by the Washington Square..Read More

2022
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Sixth graders begin their chemistry studies by learning how to use the tools of chemists as well as proper measuring techniques to ensure precision in their experiments. Through this lab, students discover the possible sources of error that can affect..Read More

2022

Agents of Change

For 100 years, serving as agents of change in the community has been a core value of LREI. For our Centennial, we invite you to join us in continuing this special tradition and recommitting to 100 more years of service..Read More

2022

Centennial Shindig

The May 2022 LREI Centennial Shindig will undoubtedly go down in the books as one of the school’s most memorable events. How wonderful it was to (finally!) gather all for an in-person celebration of 100 years of LREI. Thanks to..Read More

%d bloggers like this: