Planting Hope began with writing. Weekly, I bounced between a group of thoughtful ESL middle schoolers in Bev Schieman’s class at Smith Middle School and a fevered enthusiastic crew at Roger’s Road Community Center.
Here’s how it worked. The Rogers Road kiddos were wildly inventive. They, for example, came up with a list of characters and we chose—-(drum roll)—a seed.
The ESL students who were studying the hero’s journey in their reading with Ms. Schieman. They applied the sophistication they’d learned in writing and this helped them imagine deeper questions, like who that seed might be, who might plant it, how it might make a difference in life.
I carried ideas back and forth between the two groups of writers, each time updating them on the latest contributions. For four months we nurtured ideas, grew words, edited and improved and now, less than a year later, we’re birthing that book….or we will be with your help. Please support the Kickstarter!