The fourth graders have worked long and hard to prepare their shoes to journey to a children's hospital in Zambia. They began with a drawn plan and two white pairs of canvas shoes. Now, I sit here looking at three boxes full of shoe-masterpieces all packed and ready to go.
Within each pair of shoes is a letter from the student to the child who will be receiving this colorful gift. The children wrote about Vermont, hobbies, themselves, our school, and explained the project. Many students asked questions about Zambia and what life is like there.
The children did their best work knowing that someone else would appreciate it. They have made a powerful connection by giving their artwork to another. Most importantly, they have engaged in global thinking.