On Justice Day, January 25, 2013, students and faculty took the day off from their daily routine to experience art that educates about social justice, promotes respect for the transcendent dignity of all people, and inspires actions that can repair our world.
The day is designed so that students in each grade participate in a unique and age-appropriate activity that casts issues of art, justice and freedom in new light.
See the Justice Day poem-song Adam Shames of Poetry Pals created from the words and ideas gathered from the entire school community.
Below is a list of the unique opportunities Sacred Heart children had this Justice Day, Friday, January 25, 2013:
Edgewater’s food pantry has been feeding and clothing those in need in our community for 35 years. Care for Real helps seniors in the neighborhood who have animal companions, but can no longer afford to feed them.
Bud, Not Buddy follows the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan, where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and, ultimately, an unexpected sense of home.
Download the Bud, Not Buddy Study Guide
Kevin Coval is the author of numerous poetry collections and chapbooks, including the American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and most recently, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems, described as a “stunning, and very personal, piece of literary work that should be required reading in every high school in America” by Impose magazine.
Spencer has too many toys. He has robots, games, stuffed animals, and plastic action figures. Toys spill out of every drawer and closet and clutter the floor of every room. Something has to be done! Come along as Spencer tries to persuade his mother to keep them all, because every single toy is his favorite. In the end, it’s not a store-bought toy, but the give-away box itself that captures Spencer’s attention. Award-winner David Shannon proves that an entertaining story and your own imagination are the very best toys of all!
Adam Shames & Poetry Pals create an environment for children to come together, share their cultural experiences, and write and perform their own poems. The children learn tools to better express themselves and listen with respect to others, and along the way gain appreciation for other cultures and strengthen their own pride and self-esteem.
ART WORKS provides visual advocacy tools which produce action on human rights crises at the grassroots, media, and policy levels. Conceptualized and created in conjunction with established humanitarian and human rights advocacy organizations, ART WORKS’ art and design exhibitions, books, recordings, films, and other initiatives provide opportunities for large numbers of the general population to engage in ending major human rights violations.
You can view and download photos from last year's Justice Day on flickr.