Department of Cultural Affairs delivered a poster print lessons to the students in World Tots. Making Peace: An Introduction to Resolving Conflict Creatively & Poster Prints was the name of the activity.
Testimonial from Jerry Allen:
- The students were extremely excited about their posters, glued to hand-held church/advertising fans. We gathered in a circle, asking students to review: What is good listening? “Look at the person talking.” What does respect mean? “Treat each other nicely.”
- Some must have seen protests in the last year, not surprisingly, as about 10 students spontaneously starting marching, circling around, the rest following them while chanting:
- “More Candy! More Snacks!” The adults burst out laughing, while students carried on, marching from inside to outside, for at least 10 minutes.
- Neither the teachers nor I talked about “protesting,” only a poster parade. Yet, the students clearly made their demands known, regardless of the “respect” lessons. AND they were good to one another that afternoon.
- By chance, a week later, I met the mother of a student, who exclaimed: “You taught my daughter to protest! She loved stenciling prints and making that poster. She still marches at home! When Covid’s over, perhaps I’ll take her to a social justice march.” This mother couldn’t attend the final event, but certainly heard about it. I was thrilled to meet her.