Students from across the Kansas City, Missouri area are doing just that–coming together across space and districts to learn more about each other’s personal stories and what it means to overcome the barriers the work to divide us.
KC Kids Unite is entering its 4th (and most exciting!!) year yet! Our teachers have been working since January to plan and put the finishing touches on deploying this work in their classrooms, and the time is FINALLY here! Each year, I am in awe of the students’ work with their willingness to dive into the inner reaches of themselves, navigating and sharing what exists there with admirable transparency, unbelievable poise, and the sophisticated craft of budding authors. I could keep talking about it, but I’ll just let you see for yourself.
In the first week, each classroom pairing sends pen pal letters to each other by way of introductions. They continue sharing with their partnership class and pen pals the work of each week. During week 1, the work involves students really understanding where they are from, who they are as individuals, and what has made them the people they are today. To do this work, students spend time conducting family interviews and ancestry research all to culminate in a “Where I’m From” poem, using the mentor by George Ella Lyon.
See what I mean? Amazing, right?!? This work fuels me in ways nothing else can touch. If you want to learn more about the weekly classroom curriculum, check out this post from the blog and listen to the KC Kids Unite podcast found on Anchor.
Stay tuned! More work coming in the days and weeks to come!