Making a Difference

is an arts and literacy program through which students celebrate community history and honor those who serve its people and shape its culture.

Combining arts, literacy, walking tours, oral history and community-building activities, students have a variety of modes through which to express their learning and vision. In meeting role models and exploring ways they can participate in community, students discover the many possibilities to make a difference in their world.

The program model is flexible, allowing for a diversity of themes, structures, and art forms. Additional activities may include community service projects, visits to cultural institutions, cross-site sharing, and international cultural exchanges. An expansive definition of community can include people drawn together across geographic borders by culture, ideas or endeavors.

Visit our Making a Difference Resource page to learn more about connecting classroom learning to the community.