My Photography class has been putting together a fantastic class project over the last couple weeks amongst working on their final Photojournalism projects. We took about 120 portrait pictures of people around the school and then cropped out the backgrounds. We superimposed them on top of this great block letter orange S that Courtney and I put together. This is getting printed in the next day or so and will be hanging in a 3 or 4 square foot frame in the main halls. Spectrum is a school of diversity with amazing people. Hopefully as visitors, staff, students, graduates, and members of the community will realize it more now.
This week at Spectrum the YCI club is celebrating Multicultural week. Monday was European day, Tuesday is East Indian day and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be Latin American, Asian Fusion, and Indigenous Peoples days. There's going to be Naan bread, Mango chutney, a tag your heritage board, and award winning school dancers showing off a Bollywood number (and that's just today!). It's so cool to see one of our school's brilliant YFC's, Laurel, work with this group and see what they can acomplish. I'm very proud!
The timing couldn't have been better for European day because our school staff did the draw for countries with the upcoming Euro 2012. As always, I'll be diehard cheering for the Oranij (Netherlands). I'm picking Spain to go second and Germany third. All starts June 8th!
Getting to be a part of this year's YCI camp (at Pringle) has been a true blessing. Even having done just the school hour parts, it's been so incredible to watch these 60 or so teenagers create such a single minded focus. With a message of Inclusion and Social Change, these 4 days really changed the lives of many people. Cops were seen for what they really are, caring members of society, while students shone so brightly in the minds of all the onlooking adults. Guest speakers left lasting memories on the participants, while taking away strength of their own. This camp is a gift and as long as I'm able to I'm going to keep bringing students here, I will.