8th Grade HeLa Author Chat and Hopkins Visit


As a culminating program for our 8th grade year-long integrated curricular exploration of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, we were privileged to hear the author, Rebecca Skloot, speak to a large audience at Essex Community College. Our students heard insights directly from the author about her experience with this amazing story and Henrietta Lacks’ family, and we were so pleased that some of our students even asked questions of Ms. Skloot from the audience.

Following the author’s talk, our group then had a special experience – getting a tour of some of the cellular research labs at Johns Hopkins, right where the Henrietta Lacks story took place. Students were able to view cells, learn from researchers, and peer through microscopes.

Click here to see pictures from the trip.