Travis Elementary students are undertaking a creative and collaborative community project in celebration of the nationwide Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) No Place For Hate / No Name Calling Week. All students will participate in an array of coordinated activities highlighting the ADL’s No Place for Hate goal of fostering “inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice.”
Street art, slam poetry and in-class curriculum connections will be vehicles for celebrating diversity and tolerance. Students will develop personalized words and images, based on their assigned grade-level themes:
- “Our Words Heal” (Pre-K – 2nd)
- “US is All of Us” (3rd – 5th)
These ideas will then be translated into:
- A large-scale visual art project for fifth grade in collaboration with urban mural artist and ADL member, Anat Ronen (www.anatronen.com)
- “Hug Tags” created by the students that will be written directly onto floor-to-ceiling windows
In addition, Writers in the Schools will provide in-school slam poetry performances for third through fifth grades and in-class writing instruction, so students can create their own personal verse focused around No Place for Hate themes.
-Leslie Smith, School Counselor
Calling all volunteers!
If you are interested in helping make this project come to life, volunteers are needed during art classes daily from Jan. 19-25 for Kindergarten through second grade. Enrichment times are as follows:
Kinder: 11:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
1st Grade: 12:20-1:10 p.m.
2nd Grade: 1:15-2:05 p.m.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability.
-Gretchen Cion and Lara Purser