Love In: Don't Hate, Appreciate! | Education | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It
Favorite

Love In: Don't Hate, Appreciate! 

Local Matters

On January 11, more than 60 residents and community leaders joined Winooski School District administrators at the Casey Family Services headquarters to mark the completion of "Don't Hate, Appreciate!" -- a project celebrating the city's diversity. Fully 18 percent of the city's 800-plus public school students speak a native language other than English. Last year, Winooski teachers incorporated lessons on accepting differences in their classes. The effort culminated in a magazine, teacher's guide and documentary film.

Copies of the magazines were available at the gathering. The publication includes student writing, musical scores and drawings, many of which address racial and ethnic diversity. Ljiljana Rakovic describes coming to the United States from Bosnia. "When they think of my country," she writes, "they think of it as a desert, and a place where there is only war and hate. That is what it might have been while the war was going on, but now that it's over, Yugoslavia is just like it was before the war . . . we have homes, and large, tall buildings, big shopping centers, nice cars, everything you have in the United States."

Devon Lapan writes about a classmate who moved to Vermont from Africa three years ago. "Veronique Lumumba," Lapan writes, "for your courage, I respect you and would be proud to be your friend."

The book also addresses universal adolescent concerns. Above her drawing of several smiling faces, middle-schooler Lauren Graves explains her inspiration: "I chose faces because faces are something that everybody has and that is diverse on each person," she writes. "I added braces to some of the faces because a lot of people have braces whether they want them or not. I also added them because I have braces."

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

More by Cathy Resmer

  • Turning Point Center Fights Addiction With Crafts and Community
  • Turning Point Center Fights Addiction With Crafts and Community

    Burlington's Turning Point Center is a refuge for Vermonters who are trying to find their way out of drug dependence. In the stairwell leading to the center, a mural depicts a giant hand reaching down to a solitary slouching figure. Just outside the center's door at the top of the stairs, is another message: "You are no longer alone."
    • Dec 13, 2017
  • The Tech Issue — 2017
  • The Tech Issue — 2017

    • Oct 18, 2017
  • More »

About The Author

Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Bio:
Cathy Resmer is Seven Days' deputy publisher. She's an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter every Monday. She also oversees Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication, Kids VT, and is an enthusiastic wrestling mom... more

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Recent Comments

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2018 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation