This project was inspired by Wylie students expressing concern about the first day when masks would become optional. Our class found that there were students that were so excited about the opportunity to be maskless at school and others that were very anxious and worried about being in the classroom with others that are not wearing masks. We had class discussions about how we were going to be sensitive to everyone, but true to ourselves. Students wanted to make signs to spread inclusiveness through making posters to display throughout the school. Then we put the pictures into a slide show and added the music of Joe Reilly. We shared the video with Wylie Staff to show their classes and then Dr. Timmis shared it with all DCS staff. We received lots of appreciative emails from teachers all over the district. Our kids were very excited about the possibility of their project reaching all Dexter students!
By: 3rd and 4th grade students, 3rd and 4th Grade
Teacher: Deb Eber, Wylie Elementary, Dexter
Theme: General-Place-based Education
This is so inspiring and Joe Reilly’s music always touches my heart and soul when I hear it. Thank you for building such a strong collaboration with Joe and bringing his music into all of our lives! Your project is a great example of how young leaders like yourselves can take a complicated issue and address it. It was SO COURAGEOUS of you to not ignore what was happening and to address the issue in a way that was kind and that made people feel safe. Thank you for being the leaders we need right now! Can’t wait to see what you do next!
I am going to be singing this song all week! Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Thank you for your words, inspiration, and the collaboration.
This project is awesome! The song is catchy, and it’s important to remember to be smart and use your heart. Great job!
Being kind and not holding judgment is such an important message!