Beauty’s P3 students erupt as we enter the classroom! Children jump up and down, onto desks, running around the room as if the home team is about to take the field for the championship. This is always one of our most jubilant classes. A beautiful blue felt river adorned with colorful fishes are the project shared from Mrs. Browning’s 3rd graders at HIES with the message “If you teach a child to fish, he may feed the world.” Each student rips small pieces of colorful tissue paper while contemplating their own messages for protecting water. This group will joyously bring forth the change they wish to see in the world, and uplift us all in the process.
Collages and scrapbooks are next up in Doris’s P5 classroom. They are wide eyed seeing the painting, collages, and scrapbook from Galloway students once again. IN our lessons about global water issues, the students are always astounding to learn how many people share planet Earth as home. Given a larger lens and context, especially knowing how many are in need, opens their hearts and empowers them with the difference they can make in so many lives. They eagerly get to work on their own expressions, and a few girls at the close take great joy in using the hole puncher and stringing the masterpieces together for their own book for their friends. Pride moves like waves across the room as they see their collective work, proof of their remarkable potentials to imagine and create a compassionate and sustainable world.