"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Before I present Abbie's latest Palestinian post, here's a great way to help someone doing something really cool.
Tara Lohr is an ECM alum (2005) who teaches via. Teach for America in a Title 1 middle school in the Bronx, NY. All her students receive free lunch. The school is the site for an after-school program for our students, as well as students from a nearby elementary school.
She has recently begun working in the after-school program as a tap teacher. The program recruits a large variety of staff to give the students exposure to some arts they wouldn’t normally encounter.
Through tap so far, her students have begun learning about a form of dance they’ve never practiced. Soon they will discuss the roots and influences of tap dancing. Perhaps most importantly, the students are getting more physical exercise: exercise they sorely need, as many are not allowed to play outside on their streets. Tap dancing is a great opportunity for them to build strength and express themselves–very loudly–through movement.
However, the same way teachers aren’t given paper for handouts during school, Tara was not provided with tap shoes for my students. The students are currently stomping and shuffling with their sneakers, and asking her every day when we will get our tap shoes.
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."