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Eighth-grade Project Explores Budgets, Housing Costs in Cincinnati

Tshiunza Kalubi ’02, son of Jacky Kalubi, Middle and Upper School French and Spanish teacher, recently spoke to eighth-graders about his work in the city of Cincinnati’s department of community and economic development. History teacher Judith Neidlein-Dial said the visit is part of an ever-expanding project with eighth-graders. Earlier this year, students created a budget based on a 40-hour work week with a pay of $10 an hour. Neidlein-Dial said it was to give them an understanding about the expenses they will face in the future. “Tshiunza and his colleague talked about the development of the city around the issues of sharing spaces, affordable housing, redevelopment, and more,” Neidlein-Dial said. Students recently took a field trip to Cincinnati Center City Development Corp and learned about development in Over-the-Rhine. Students then took a walking tour led by a speaker from the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. Before the winter break, students will bake bread for the residents of Tender Mercies. “All of this is part of one big project that we hope to continue throughout this school year,” Neidlein-Dial said.