Helping Students in Dallas Imagine, Create and Succeed
Jan 17, 2012
Super: Nancy Webb–VP Organization Advancement, Big Thought
V/O (Webb): Connecting kids to the world, and making learning real is a powerful way to help them succeed. Like many cities across our nation, there are lots of kids that don’t have resources surrounding them to make them successful in school. Big Thought is committed to creating programs that will engage the kids and relate to what those kids are learning in school. So our challenge is: How do we help all these nonprofits in the community make their work more meaningful?
Super: Aleta Stampley–Community Relations Manager, Bank of America
V/O (Stampley): One of many programs that Big Thought runs is called “Thriving Minds.” Thriving Minds actually looked at the school system and said: we need a more creative workforce to compete globally. How are we gonna get kids that think creatively? Thriving Minds actually brings the cultural institution into the classroom, so a teaching artist will come in and back up the plans of what the teacher had talked about during the day. So let’s say that a teacher wants you to learn more about Africa, she might select our African drumming teacher and he will teach the kids throughout a music session. Now that session is embedded with that child.
Webb: If you are learning science, and you’re learning about the whole scientific process, and you see it happening, that’s a real world project based experience that connects directly back to when they’re learning in school.
Super: Norma Martinez–Former Principal, Roger Q. Mills Elementary School
V/O (Martinez): They’re learning how to work together as a team and it builds up their self-esteem, they feel better about themselves. I’ve seen it work.
Kid #1: I don’t see a lots of turtles at my home but here I get to see lots of them.
Kid #2: You learn a lot about animals and trees and plants.
Webb: What makes it so worthwhile is when you actually see it work, and Bank of America consistently has given us volunteers to make the program successful, leadership on our board, and they’ve been a fantastic funding partner for many years. Without them we wouldn’t be so successful.
Stampley: It’s important to Bank of America because we’re part of this community; we’re with them and we benefit from their work.
V/O (Webb): We’re dedicated to making sure that all children have an opportunity to imagine, create, and then succeed.
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