Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Today, we had a great lunch tabling at Crockett HS, home of the Cougars. Because of that, we had added a question to our t-shirt challenge about cougars: where are they native? None of the students we asked really knew for sure! In truth, we had to do the research first ourselves...
Also, because tomorrow, December 10, is International Human Rights Day, we asked students to write down the human rights most important to them.
We added #BlackLivesMatter to the Peace Wheel, hoping students are involved and learning about what's happening all around the country.
We really appreciated all the students coming by and taking on the t-shirt challenge. Penny poll results:
Environment: 30% of the budget
Health Care: 16%
Humanitarian Aid: 16%
Last Tuesday, we had a SOY table at Lanier HS and we had a full crew of five! We had a steady stream of students passing by and becoming curious about the materials and getting interested in the t-shirt challenge. Penny poll results were:
Education: 42% of the budget
Health Care: 13%
Humanitarian Aid: 5%
I especially liked seeing students clustered around the globe, not only to find the countries we asked them to find, Syria and Afghanistan, but to show us what countries they would like to travel to if they could. The first countries mentioned were Japan, Spain and Italy. This made me think about the time in the not-so-distant past when Japan was considered an enemy nation, and it was bombed relentlessly during WWII. It is the only country to have suffered the horror of two atomic bombings of their civilian population. Japan has risen from that period of terrible suffering and destruction to become a world economic power and tourist destination. Today's students are not likely to say that they would like to travel to Afghanistan or Syria. But, I hold out hope that years down the road, wars there will end and students will name those countries as places they would like to go to witness the beauty and character of the people and the land.
|One of the ribbons on the peace sign in the school's lobby|
|Other ribbons on the peace sign|
Monday, December 8, 2014
We, the youth of the United States of America, oppose war.
We oppose war not because we don’t care about the rest of the world; we oppose war precisely because we do.
We oppose war not because we don’t care about our security; we oppose war precisely because we do.
We oppose war not because we don’t care about our troops; we oppose war precisely because we do.
We oppose war not because we aren’t concerned with our future; we oppose war precisely because we do.
There is no future in war.
-- Statement written by Ben Norton, Tyra Walker, Anastasia Taylor, Alli McCracken, Colleen Moore, Jes Grobman and Ashley Lopez
Read the entire statement here
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
We had a great SOY tabling visit today at LBJ/LASA HS. Students in both schools were interested in doing the t-shirt challenge, which keeps getting more challenging. We added a jaguar question since we were in Jaguar country. Most students had to do some research on that one. As is often the case, students voted for Health Care above all in the Penny Poll (Health Care: 93 pennies, Education: 76, Environment: 62, Military: 61, Humanitarian Aid: 34).
|We posted these photos from Ferguson on the chin-up bar, asking students whether police armed to the max or unarmed protesters showed more courage|
|a school hallway poster|
|hallway poster about LBJ's Early College program|
|Our list for the t-shirt challenge|
|t-shirt designs we made for today|