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Art can help others! I hope this motto has a greater impact on my students by not only teaching them how to make art but also teaching them to create something for others. Think of the amazing difference between, "I made this art and learned about this artist" compared to, "I learned about the orphans in Funsani, a village in Malawi, Africa. I then learned about textile art and decorated book bags for students who had been using just sugar bags and string to hold their books!"
Peter Geissler was kind enough to come in and do a presentation for the 2nd graders on the village of Funsani, the orphans, and their culture. The 2nd graders had some really good questions and I later heard from many parents that their child came home talking about how little the orphans had and what they were doing to help them. As you can see below, the 2nd graders took all the information in and really worked hard on their designs knowing that someone else really needed it.
Special thanks goes to David Ames who told me about the need for book bags, arranged for them to be taken over to Funsani, and took the time to take pictures of the orphans with the bags they received. Another special thanks goes to Peter Geissler.
Here are some pictures of the 2nd graders designing their book bags, the orphans in Funsani, Malawi, Africa receiving them, and of Funsani's school. (Pictures of the 2nd graders designing the bags will be on here soon:) )
Stayed tuned to this blog as I'll have a suggestion for a fun way to say goodbye to your students for the summer...or say goodbye to anyone for that matter :)