Chinook Middle School sixth grader Kaia Rubin was recently recognized with a Community Leadership Award for a song she wrote and recorded for her Chinook Sustainable Global Goals Project in social studies class.

Inspired by Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and women affected by harassment and abuse, Rubin wrote the lyrics and melody for “I’m a Girl” and sings the lead and background vocals. As part of her leadership award, Project U Can, an organization that promotes growth, self-investment, an opportunity for Seattle’s youth made a $500 donation to Time’s Up.

The Global Goals Project  seeks to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change. Teacher Leslie Stephens recently redesigned the school’s Human Geography Sustainable Global Goals Project to increase student engagement and learning, explained Curriculum Developer Patty Shelton. “Kaia’s service project is one of many projects that allows for student choice and fosters student voice,” Shelton said.

On March 8, Rubin was recognized on 95.7 The Jet radio station in honor of International Women’s Day and her song was aired.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.