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A Hope Garden

Hope grows at a Pasadena school.


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In Fall 2012, Fusion Academy in Pasadena, CA contacted us looking for a Community Listening classroom workshop for their students. With the help of their creative staff, we worked together to develop a three-month-long curriculum that would culminate in a garden installation in the yard behind the school.

During October and November, students asked friends and family members about their hopes and then discussed those during classroom time. In addition, a Hope Journal was placed in the school’s common area where other students and faculty could write their hopes. Finally in December, a Hope Stone Station was set-up in the art classroom where students spend their free time painting these same hopes on stones (meanwhile, continuing ongoing discussions about what hope is and what these hopes mean for their community).

At the end of the project, the students held an open house featuring all of their Hope Stones, their Hope Journal, and a presentation about the hopes they discovered in their neighborhood. The Hope Garden was planted and the stones were installed in Spring 2013.

 

Excerpts from Fusion’s Hope Journal

 

Fusion’s Hope Stones


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It was so great having this project in our school. We found that our students began to constantly talk about hope. This was a perfect way to start new conversations!”
Kelly Jane Seldan Art Teacher, Fusion Academy

Are you interested in a Community Listening project in your neighborhood?
Contact us today, and we’ll help you create the perfect project for your community.

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