I wrote last week about my Year Eight students and the mini project they were doing to end the year. I am incredibly impressed and proud of what they have achieved, especially one group.
I have kids who are wrapping almost-new second-hand books and making cards which will be delivered to the children’s ward at the local hospital. Others are making videos with a social justice theme and posting them YouTube. Still others are writing letters to encourage people to consider partnering with an aid agency to support impoverished people. A couple of individuals are creating social-justice themes art work.
But the group that are impressing me most are those students who have created an awareness campaign and are promoting it through social media. do a search for #Heart2Change in twitter or instagram, or look up Heart2Change of FaceBook to see what they are doing It is such a simple but powerful concept. The students are encouraging people to put the heart2change symbol (above) on their wrist as a way of engaging people in conversation; a way of explaining that they have a heart to change the world, that others can have a heart to change, and that, together, we can change hearts. How great is that? simple, effective, and a clear message. A couple from this group were even interviewed on the local community radio station this morning.
I really hope this concept goes viral (like the ice bucket challenge) but if it doesn’t, I am still incredibly impressed with that these kids have achieved. Their thinking and discovery and problem solving… and their passion… has been astounding.
Please check them out and join their movement to change the world.
I cannot imagine a more exciting place to be working than here at my school with my young adolescents and in this wonderful, collaborative environment.