At the beginning of the semester, the WALC students met their audience: elementary school students. They read to them children's books to see what they would be interested in. Throughout the semester, the WALC students layered their skills - drawing nature images, learning scientific concepts, digging deeper into environmental and cultural ethics - in order to create their own children's books and activities for the same elementary school students. The results? An amazing day of exploration for the little ones and the teens in which WALC students passed on their own stories of environmental justice. LEJ staff sat back and watched the transformation of all the students unfold at the EcoCenter and Heron's Head Park.
Check out pictures of the various stations that the WALC students set up. The elementary school students divided up into manageable groups and rotated through each station.
|Here come the little ones!|
|One of the stations was habitat restoration in the transition zone next to the wetlands.|
|In another station, WALC students read the books that they wrote and |
drew to elementary students on the EcoCenter's back patio.
|At this station at the "Stumping Grounds" in the park, WALC students|
used maps to explain Bayview Hunter's Point's history of environmental
pollution and injustice... as well as its residents' resiliency to demand change.
|More opportunities for reading indoors in the cozy EcoCenter.|
Much appreciations and props to lead teacher, Catherine Salvin, and lead LEJ staff member, Raynelle Rino, for making the partnership happen!