Children amaze and inspire me. I admire their ability to absorb experiences without judgment and express themselves without censorship. Read some of their poetry below as well as their reactions to participating in an AXIS assembly. I hope you will find them inspiring!-Kristin Rooney, AXIS Intern
Modern dance Cool as the breeze Disabled or not Can join if you want Who cares what people say Go on with your dreams And don’t get annoyed.
-Student, 3rd Grade, Old Orchard School, 4/19/2011
Dancing Dancing everywhere Even using wheelchairs When you dance It’s so unique Springing and jumping Stunting too Double wheely Spin around Fall down too Crawling on the floor Spinning all together Stacked on top You were so great I liked it a lot So keep spinning the wheel.
-Student 3rd grade, Old Orchard School, 4/19/2011
Written by a faculty member at Redwood Day School:
On thinking about the events that came and went around this weeks school assembly I was drawn to thinking about how well the children connect things and weave together the curriculum. In math this month the children are focusing on Geometry, spatial senses, and patterns. The day before the assembly we had read a story about Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape architect who in 1861 had been in charge of planning Central Park. That same day during art class the children had designed their own parks made of paper. So what was this assembly and how do they connect? Well, we were fortunate enough to have the AXIS Dance Troupe come to perform for us. This is a group made up of both dancers in wheelchairs and able-bodied people who work together in a very creative and beautiful way. The children were fascinated by the wheelchairs and loved the artistry, choreography, and were amazed by the strength of the dancers. All of these things came up after the assembly as we debriefed in our classroom. This led to a lesson where we talked about wheelchair access. Then the children started to talk about the parks they had created the day before. They thought of building ramps and how to adjust the activities in their park to make it wheelchair accessible as well as activities for people who are blind or deaf. The following day the children did another art piece where they made a new redesigned park that was available for everyone.