written by Savan Shah, corps member serving at Stanton Elementary School
Using block parties and arts festivals as inspiration, the City Year team at Stanton Elementary recently put on the school’s first Smarts & Arts Community Festival. To create the festival atmosphere, the team set up tents and booths around the school’s football field. Each booth had an arts or literacy related activity for kids and community members alike. The activities included building a tile mosaic for the school, vision boards created using pictures from magazines, a drum circle and poetry exploration.
A book fair made possible through a grant by local non-profit, Books For America, allowed every student to take home at least one book of their choice. And of course, no great party would be complete without a moon bounce! A cookout manned by City Year volunteers from other schools provided the participants with hot dogs, chips, cupcakes, donuts and candy. Big thanks to Harris Teeter, Red Velvet, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Boli’s and Girl Scouts of America for making the cookout possible.
Here are some pictures from the event but check out our Flickr page for more!