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Heroes Abound at Kensington CS

Heroes Abound at Kensington CS

Monday, April 03, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

What makes a hero? That’s the question that Kelly Crosthwaite’s grade 2/3 class at Kensington CS began exploring as part of African Heritage Month back in February.  Over the weeks and months since Ms. Kelly—as students throughout the downtown school affectionately refer to her—first asked her students that simple question, their work has grown into a full-fledged “Museum of Heroes,” which is currently being enjoyed by parents and Kensington community members.

“In February, students were asked to select and research a hero who was in some way related to African Heritage month,” said Principal Dan Fisher.  Students came up with a shared understanding of what it means to be a hero, and then researched their hero and wrote biographies. “These projects led students to the realisation that heroes don’t have to be famous, necessarily,” Fisher added. “In fact, many students realised that there are lots of people in their lives who do heroic things every day.”  

Students then spent parts of their art classes creating hand puppets of their heroes, which were added to hand-made displays including historical backgrounds, or related props. Finally, the students set up a museum in an empty classroom, complete with signage and displays, a guest book, and guided tours for parents and fellow students.  

Many students felt that the best part of the project was making their puppets. Kisanth exclaimed, “This is the best thing I've ever made.” Bruno concluded that his favourite part was the opportunity to “learn about people and what they did to help the world.

The importance of community came together with this project. “The students of Room 208 clearly demonstrated the importance of studying people who through perseverance, determination, and sacrifice have helped to create positive change,” said Crosthwaite.  “Hopefully, students will feel confident that they too can make a difference in the lives of others.  

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