Roots Class (k-2nd grade) w/Marie:
Check-ins this morning included news of lost and growing teeth, a treasured in-person play date, upcoming birthdays. So much life! We read Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney, connecting our country to the bigger world we are a part of. So much time peering at maps of our country this past week as we experienced the presidential election and the grownups have been “cray cray” about it. Celebrating the election of our first black woman Vice President registers with our group. Voting- how you make your choice- is something we believe is so important as Unitarian Universalists as this is the process we use to decide important things at church in our congregational meetings. There is so much more to unpack here about fairness and being heard, and the ongoing work for all of us together for the world we want to live in, wherever you fall on the map.
Seedlings Class (3rd-5th grade) w/Piaf:
This week we discussed the recent elections and how everyone was feeling about it. We looked at and discussed an image of Vice President Elect Kamala Harris with a shadow in the shape of young Ruby Bridges. What message is the artist trying to convey? What is the symbolic connection between these two women? Then we watched a short video of grown Ruby Bridges remembering her experiences and what she learned from them. Finally, we finished with a game.
Wildflower Youth (Middle School & High School) w/Solveij:
Today the youth talked about how they feel in this moment and about the future with election news–we heard celebration, relief, hope, and a desire for meaningful change. We also have sign-ups ready for the mural!!! A muralist visited us to talk all about the process, youth came up with an amazing mock-up design, and we’ll be getting started this upcoming weekend on constructing a base and painting the primer. 🙂