Just days before Snowzilla arrived, our Brooklyn campus held their Winter Museum Project. Each of the classrooms worked together over the course of the first half of the school year to create projects showcasing “Fairness and Justice”. The results were fantastic. From music videos, to paper maiche and innovative marketing campaigns, each group produced results that sparked great conversations amongst themselves and out guests. Topics covered included food justice, pregnancy fairness, racial justice, animal justice and work fairness.
SCHOOL TO WORK
In the school to work classroom we learned what professions each student would like to pursue if they were able to own their own business. Each student created a business display to explain how they would run their business, showing what they’d pay employees, what rules each business would follow, and more.
One student had an interest in landscaping and brought in several landscaping tools to display alongside photos of him working on landscaping projects. When asked whether he preferred Summer or Winter landscaping, he replied “Summer because it’s more fun than shoveling snow!”
Another student created Diamond Designs Men’s Clothing because she enjoys fashion and getting dressed each day. When asked how she felt about men wearing pink she said that she “likes that color and thinks anyone can wear it”. At Diamond Designs, much like at The Children’s Guild, it’s important that employees be flexible.
Other business presentations included a phone store, a hair salon, a bike shop and a dance company.
The high school group presented a project on fairness and justice as it relates to socio-economics. They noticed that respect for oneself and one’s peers is something that they can do to address social issues and help work toward innovative solutions. Their project highlighted this information via self-reflection as each student wrote three of their own behavioral problems that they were working to improve at The Children’s Guild. In addition they noted facts about teen pregnancy and socio economics as it relates to the impact on teen mothers and their children. They created a campaign to help prevent teen pregnancy that was presented via an interactive PowerPoint.
Another group worked on introspection and how they can show respect for themselves and their community. The project culminated in the making of a paper maiche mask of themselves that was then placed on a life sized outline and cutout of the student. To further the thought process, each student used the cut-out to place facts and descriptions of themselves, such as their favorite things, what they liked most about themselves and what they wished they could change. At the presentation each student proudly pointed out his portrait and talked animatedly about what he had learned.
All around each presentation was thoughtful and thought provoking. The student involvement and enthusiasm was evident and it was clear that all had learned a great deal about justice and fairness in the context of their curriculum. To witness a Museum Project is to see TranZed come to life. And it’s why we do what we do every day…to continue changing the way America cares for and educates its children.