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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Judy Grochowski
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 21:51:46 -0500
I too have been sadden by the events in Colorado earlier this week
and have been touched by the many shared thoughts from all who have
written-thank you all! I believe this helps us to begin to try to process
On Friday morning, I happened to share with a table of students in
my first hour class that one of the messages from this listserv concerned an
art department working on a canvas on Friday to send to Littleton, and asked
the kids, 'do you think our art department should do something?'
Immediately, one of the girls said let's make a pot and take up a
collection!!!! So I told them, I would excuse them from working on the next
assignment, to cooperatively design and construct a large vessel which could
be completed in time for our semester art exhibit-in a few weeks. At that
time, it will be displayed with a statement about the collection, and people
will be asked to place donations inside of it. We will send the $ to
Littleton, along with the piece.
I was so proud of them and I walked away from the table to work with
other students, but after a while they called me back and said, we are
thinking about putting some symbols on the piece to represent those
killed-like hearts-should we put 13 or 15 on it? I didn't realize what they
were getting at, at first, so I said, well, 15 died, including one teacher.
They said yeah, but the 15 includes the 2 boys who were responsible for the
tragedy....I told them on the news I'd seen a student from the school who
had said he forgave the boys...I guess you'll need to discuss this-perhaps
you could delineate those hearts in some manner. They began to say, how
about putting cracks in them 'cause their hearts MUST have been broken or
even gone to have done this. At this point, I had to walk away.
I did not discuss Littleton formally with any of my classes-some of
my co-workers did, (social studies folks, etc)...I just couldn't. If it came
up informally, I did...but I know this will be something important and
necessary for my students to do, and I reaffirm art's healing qualities.
Just as our sharing has the same quality.