Morning Meeting ZH 2019-2020

  • What does it mean to feel good about myself and how can I express that I like who I am?
  • What are group identities and how do they describe me? Others?
  • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • What has happened throughout history to people like me?
  • How do I get to know others and allow others to get to know all of me?
  • Grade Level
    Digital Literacy
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Math & Technology
    Social Justice Domains

    In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

    Metro Atlanta trailer park
    “Zindy is a Mexican immigrant and domestic abuse survivor who lives with her five children at an isolated Atlanta-area trailer park. She notices that other park residents — immigrants from Mexico and Central America — struggle with the same issues she does, such as English fluency, reluctance to trust others, and limited access to education and other services. Zindy views their shared isolation as an opportunity and unites mothers in the community with similar cultural norms and practices — not to address shared problems, like domestic abuse, but to realize their common dreams for their children. This is the story of how they forged cultural ties and mutual trust, and the confidence to seek outside help in creating an escuelita (“little school”).”
    Grade Level
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Familiar food turns a refuge into a home

    Refuge into a home
    “Padam and Purna were forced from their homeland in Bhutan and trapped in camps in Nepal for decades before being resettled in an alien land: Clarkston, Georgia. The refugees have found some stability, but still feel frustrated and uprooted, which leads to domestic violence and suicide in the refugee community. Padam and Purna realized that familiar food is the first step to feeling at home. They have opened a food store and other refugee-run businesses, which offer safe spaces and sources of mutual support for all the Asian refugees in Clarkston, who are united by their experience of trauma.”
    Grade Level
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Social Justice Domain