I’m a bit late on this, but you may have seen on Wednesday I mentioned that this week (April 29 – May 6) is SSA Week. The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that works to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country. Their primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values.
Even in public schools, it can be difficult for nonreligious students to form common interest groups based on their secular values. At worst, they may be met with outright resistance. In these cases, the SSA works on behalf of the students to make sure their rights are upheld. But today’s comic is based on a much more uplifting story.
Students in the Secular Student Alliance of Smithson Valley High School in Bulverde, Texas wanted to celebrate Darwin day at their conservative school. They enlisted the help of other clubs in their school to organize Science Awareness Week, bringing the student body together to celebrate science and reason. It’s a wonderful story, as schools have historically polarized in these instances, but in this case, the Smithson Valley SSA was able to become a uniting force in their school. Kudos!
There’s still time before SSA week ends, consider supporting them in making sure all voices are heard and that students can meet regardless of their beliefs.