An update on our big book project for at-risk middle schoolers — the Humanity Project program that’s receiving so much media attention. The two books are done! Yay! And we think they’re very special. (You can see one of the covers in this post, with the artwork drawn by our 8th grade illustrators.) This was a very challenging project for everyone involved. Especially for the kids. We worked with some 60 at-risk students who were asked, coaxed, begged, encouraged and inspired to write books on a heavy topic during their summer vacation. Many days we all had to work in classrooms at Olsen Middle School without air conditioning during 90+ degree heat. Then they also had to create the drawings, rap poetry and suggested classroom assignments about bullying that are part of these books — with all of these elements being appropriate to the story they wrote. As I said, it was a tough assignment. We’re proud of them. We can tell they gained a lot in many ways from the experience. They even told us so! And we think their books now will help elementary school kids who receive the Humanity Project’s innovative Anti-bullying Through the Arts program this coming school year. Thanks again to State Farm for underwriting this at-risk program and to Broward Sheriff’s Office for partnering with us on Anti-bullying Through the Arts. Most of all, congratulations to the young Humanity Project volunteers from Olsen Middle School!
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