Old Schoolhouse remodeling – group unity photo. Someone behind me had a great voice in singing “We Shall Overcome,” accompanying the classic Diana Ross version played on the sound system. Rev. Giddens seated in the center.
Street cleanup by youth of Espanola, Florida- the All Kids Are First Old Espanola Schoolhouse- as part of the Day of Service- sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Chi Delta Omega Chapter – Flagler County. The main streets, park areas, church grounds were cleaned. Click to see video below.
Tempers got a bit frayed as the morning wore on, and piles of certain trash were an irritant. But in the end, the job got done. Some youth asked- why bother, if people are just going to trash the place again? It was a good question. My only answer was that regardless of what others do, it was their portion to do something good for the community, and hopefully serve as a better example to follow.
PART 2- Brief interview with Sue Fray, president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Chi Delta Omega Chapter – Flagler County, Florida on the AKA Martin Luther King Day of Service, at the All Kids are First Old Schoolhouse, Espanola Florida, Jan 21, 2013.
Her message for young people was simple – QUOTE: “Let them know they’re beautiful, they’re smart, they’re intelligent – all you need to do is apply yourself.”
PART 1- Brief interview with Sue Fray, president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Chi Delta Omega Chapter – Flagler County, Florida on the AKA Martin Luther King Day of Service, at the All Kids are First Old Schoolhouse, Espanola Florida, Jan 21, 2013.
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She mentioned the “three T’s” – time, talent, and treasure – which I took to mean putting in the time to accomplish a worthwhile goal, using not wasting every available talent, and reaping treasure as a result of this commitment and effort. I thought it was a neat way to summarize things. Be sure to see Part 2 of the interview.
Nuke tha Nola hip hop demo- Frankie G, J-Blaze, Maculus. Rather than write an essay, they opted to write songs. The idea is to motivate youth and get then to expand their talents in a positive way. There is potential in this trio. Click for video below.
The assignment was for “Kiki” to write a 12 line poem.. She made a good structure then spontaneously consulted with other students to improve her product technically and stylistically.
Lines were trimmed, words substituted or changed and pacing adjusted- leading to a tighter result. This is an example of “cultural production.” There is a lot of scope for this in communities to engage youth in positive activities rather than relying on a bureaucracy someplace to do it.
Paul Wall rapping in Espanola. Use of video and spoken word lyrics seems to engage youth more with certain text, compared to piling on worksheets. Paul was respected for his skillz, and the youth of Espanola express regret at his passing. This last custom rhyme which he delivered uses Snoop Dogg’s classic “Vato” instrumental beat..