Culture on the Cheap
From The New York Shitty Inbox: Urban Workshop 2011 Fundraiser
This item comes courtesy of a woman named Kiki. She writes:
I want to help a community school in Williamsburg (public school not a charter), by bringing attention to their novel approach to learning…Shop class. It doesn’t sound that incredible, but in a city with dwindling budgets and a narrow focus on the test results, the new and improved shop class gives students an opportunity to engage with math, science, and English, as well as a chance to make a difference in the community. The projects help other city-based non-profits by building rainwater collection systems, garden shelters, tool sheds, and benches.
The teachers have found that in this integrated learning process, students make tangible, real-world connections with their academic learning; develop practical skills and a sense of craft; connect with community members in various New York City neighborhoods and serve their needs; understand issues of environmental, economic and social justice facing New York City communities; gain a clear sense of accomplishment; and value teamwork.
Urban Workshop is fundraising for 2011 and need all the help they can get. If people want to donate: https://www.justgive.org/basket?acton=donate&ein=27-2783169
For more info, you can visit their site: http://www.urbanworkshopnyc.org/Lyons_Comm_School.html
Their flickr pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/urbanworkshopphotos
I for one think this is a wonderful project and want to thank Kiki for bringing it to my attention!