By Deborah Drew
In addition to our Tuesday arte sessions that are typically based on reuse-reclaim-recycling projects, the La Penita Community Center (CCC) students will be putting together an “Exchange Book” for their new sister school in Massachusetts.
Last week, Kelley Joyce, the director of Jack N Jill Childcare in Quincy, Massachusetts, generously brought down an “exchange” book for our arte students. Kelley and her staff created a book that introduces their students to our CCC arte students. Here is an example of how the introduction went, written in both Spanish and English, it reads:
” Hola amigos de La Peñita Escuela : . . Vamos a la escuela a Jack N Jill en Quincy , Massachusetts , Estados Unidos Tenemos cuatro maestros, la señora María , la señora Joyce , Sra. Maureen y la Sra Felciia Nos estudiar matemáticas, historia , ciencia, escribir nuestros nombres, el alfabeto , y leer un montón de libros . Hablamos un poco de español . estamos encantados de saber acerca de su escuela! ”
“Hello friends of La Penita Escuela: We go to school at Jack N Jill in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. We have four teachers, Mrs. Maria, Mrs. Joyce, Ms. Maureen and Ms. Felicia. We study math, history, science, writing our names, the alphabet, and we read a lot of books. We speak a little bit of Spanish. We are happy to know about your school!”
Here are a few pages from the Jack N Jill students’ book …
Our School Exchange Book from Jack N Jill Students AND Jack N Jill students introduction
Our classroom and our teachers at Jack N Jill AND Star Students at Jack and Jill
Hola! Me llama Alyzza. Yo soy cinco anos. AND Alyzza’s Self Portrait
In addition to their fabulous introduction, the students stated their names, ages and drew a self portrait. As you can see from this one self-portrait, or now called, “selfies”, Jack N Jill has some very talented future artists.
They also introduced their City Hall in Quincy, and also gave our students a peek to Cape Cod.
City Hall in Quincy, Massachusetts Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Last Tuesday, after introducing the concept to the arte students, we decided to create our own book which I will deliver back to Jack N Jill this summer. I promised Kelley that I would work with the Jack N Jill students to help create yet another book for the CCC students. In turn, I will bring that book back next season for next year’s CCC arte class, create, and repeat. Each book will delve deeper into each of the students interests and ideas through arte. I see this project becoming a long term opportunity creating lifelong friendships. To kick off our exchange book, we created our own “selfies” with Sharpies on painted rocks.
Please feel free to drop by the CCC and help with this fun and educational project. We meet every other Tuesday from 3 to 5, and our next project will be constructing arte from TP tubes. If you feel you have something you would like to contribute to this season’s book, please feel free to comment below.
Here are a few examples of the CCC students’ “selfies” along with their actual photos
Fatima and her “Selfie” Rock.
Angel and his “Selfie” Rock.
Mauro and his “Selfie” Rock.
Our Intern Evelyn and her “Selfie” Rock.
Our leader, Viky and her “Selfie” Rock.