by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director
So, in pondering what aspect of my work at Theatre Action Project about which to write, I was reminded of the many conversations I’ve had over the years with students on the subject of Thanksgiving. It is always interesting to hear how students view–and are taught–about the holiday of Thanksgiving. Talking about holidays throughout the year, their historical and cultural significance and impact, their meaning and values to different people, religions, identities and cultures–it is a very rich avenue on which to walk. I find it a great opportunity, at the very least, to talk about family and what we celebrate in our own homes and communities.
In working with a group of students earlier this week (on October 31 which opened the door to our conversation on family and what we celebrate), I asked them to create a coat of arms that represented their family with color, animals and activities they like to do together. It was a fun way for each student to think of what’s important to her or his family, and to see similarities and differences in the family drawings of their peers.
I’m thankful to have had such a joyful and rewarding afternoon with these students. It may have been one small moment in the larger world of my work with TAP, but it illustrates very simply why I do what I do. Thank you to all the schools and communities that allow TAP to create thousands of joyful moments in the lives of our youth.