Aligned with the school district’s goal of social emotional learning, Amity Middle School in Bethany continued Narrative 4’s work. Narrative 4 aims to foster empathy by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the exchange of stories across the world. Mrs. Ortiz, seventh grade English teacher, and John Lombardo, founder and executive director of ArtWorks for Youth, developed a partnership at the Narrative 4 Global Summit in Ireland in 2016. ArtWorks for Youth’s mission is to provide free visual art instruction, academic support, and mentoring to students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Consequently, in December the Amity Middle School Bethany seventh grade students participated in a fundraiser, which raised money for students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as part of the Artworks for Youth organization. They raised a total of $1,200, which was used to purchase 25 copies of A Long Walk to Water, a book the Amity Middle School Bethany students were reading in class, as well as 100 additional titles from the organization’s Amazon wish list. This is part of the school’s ongoing efforts to deepen students’ understanding of global issues and the role they can play in addressing them.
Pictured: The volunteers and students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa who are part of the Artworks for Youth organization.