We Rise Above the Streets
What are human rights and how do real people and fictional characters respond when those rights are threatened? Students in Mrs. Bove’s 5th grade class investigated this question in the first module of the newly adopted English-Arts Curriculum (EL 2017). Mrs. Bove’s students developed their ability to read and understand complex text as they considered this question. Woven into this study are habits of character that correlate with the Positivity Project - how can students work to contribute to a better world? To answer this question and as part of a project based learning experience, Mrs. Bove’s students welcomed Alamin Muhammad from We Rise Above the Streets Recovery Outreach into their classroom. Mr. Muhammad shared information about his organization, and the work they do to assist the homeless, handing out brown bag lunches on what is called, Sandwich Saturdays. Mrs. Bove’s students were inspired by Mr. Muhammad’s work and saw this as their opportunity to contribute to a better world in our own community of Syracuse, NY. The students got to work and even involved the entire school in this project by collecting everything needed to make almost a hundred sandwiches that were delivered to Mr. Muhammad for distribution on “Sandwich Saturday”. Students from Mrs. Bove’s class were invited to present their learning and project to the Westhill Board of Education at a recent meeting.