Students Rebuild Youth Uplift Challenge

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, students in the library this week will be contemplating, discussing, and engaging with really big ideas!  With the older kids, I will read “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes and the students will journal about how they would feel if their dreams were out of reach.


Every class will discuss Project Uplift and watch a video on children in poverty and either read the story of William Kamkwamba, an African boy who was determined to change his circumstances or watch a Ted talk about his achievements and dreams. I was impressed with how many students were already familiar with his story!


Please click on the links above to learn more and discuss with your students about this amazing organization and individual, or how you and your family can help lift others up as well, even if it is something as simple as random acts of kindness.

How OQS students are going to make a difference in the dreams of others is by participating in the Youth Uplift Challenge, during which each OQS student makes a paper cutout of their hand.  Students Rebuild will donate $1.90 for each hand received to the “Save the Children’s youth empowerment programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia which in turn:

• Help youth develop skills and knowledge to support their future hopes and build self-confidence.

• Teach youth basic financial literacy skills to help them manage their incomes and plan for the future.

• Put training into action with the support of their peers and youth group activities, building trust and engagement in their communities.

• Empower youth to influence the decisions that affect their lives, advocate for their rights, secure their livelihoods, increase household income, and positively impact their futures.*

Why make hands? Hands carry powerful symbolism that aligns closely with the heart of this Challenge—to support youth with new pathways out of poverty. Hands are how we lift each other up, how we connect, how we work, how we give, and how we receive. Hands also represent our unique identity and the unique contribution that all young people can make to uplift one another.” *

There are many inspiring books on display this week, both fiction and non-fiction, to help showcase the many stories of determined individuals who persevered in the pursuit of their dreams.  Feel free to come into the library to explore them and take them out yourself!

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Looking forward to posting photos of all the hands the students are thoughtfully creating to raise up other children in our world!



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