Buckeye Hope Sponsor Update Features SCM

Buckeye Hope Sponsor Update Features SCM
Posted on 02/06/2018

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation Sponsor Update
February 2018

Students participate in Big Read
Students at Constellation Schools: Stockyard Community Middle School (Stockyard) in Cleveland were among the participants in the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read initiative in partnership with the Center for Arts Inspired Learning and the Cleveland Public Library.

The Big Read is aimed at broadening students’ understanding of our world, our communities and our selves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Stockyard was one of five schools to read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The story is set in the Great Lakes Region, 20 years after a global flu pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population. The story primarily follows the Traveling Symphony, a small troupe of classical musicians and Shakespearean actors who move between settlements of survivors to perform.

Thanks to funding from the NEA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 575 copies of the book were distributed to students and other members of the community through Cleveland Public Library, schools, workshops and Little Free Libraries.

By mid-November, the program had delivered 35 programs, including two week-long Shakespearean residencies in the participating high schools, graphic novel writing workshops, illustration workshops, up-cycling projects and book discussions.

The culminating event was held in November with about 500 students in grades 8 through 12. It featured a panel of speakers, including one who talked with students about emergency preparedness and provided emergency kits for students to take home.

“Our eighth grade students were deeply engaged in the learning process while reading Station Eleven,” said Principal Amber Steele. “So much, in fact, that they would become upset when it was time to stop reading or discussing the book. In a time when we so frequently have to fight with the students to get them reading, to see such excitement and investment in their own learning was thrilling. I am grateful for having had this opportunity for our students.”