Last year fourth grade students designed and decorated shoes in art. Students worked hard to design their shoes all the while keeping in mind that the shoes are meant to be a piece of artwork themselves. (Which lead us to several queries... for example: What is art?)
Then, each child implemented his or her design on two pairs of white canvas shoes using permanent sharpie markers. One pair of shoes was for the students to keep and proudly wear. The second pair of shoes was a donation to another child. (This brought up several questions as well...what would it be like to NOT have shoes?)
NOW THIS IS THE EXCITING PART; the second pair of shoes has now made it all the way to Zimbabwe!!!!
It is so exciting that we were able to share our creativity and celebrate the spirit of giving.
Now our students have a unique connection to the students in Zimbabwe in that they own the only two pairs of each unique shoe design that exist in the whole world!