Wednesday, February 3, 2010
DinoMights Communicate with the White House
We say time and time again here at DinoMights that we are much more than a hockey team. We do our best to give our kids knowledge and experiences that they will be able to carry into adulthood. Last summer at Power Camp (our week long academic camp) we wanted to teach the kids that they have a voice, and that their voice has power. After spending a week learning about the environment and our responsibility to care for it, DinoMight students were asked to write a letter to the president of the United States, sharing with him what they had learned and asking him to make their concerns a priority. One little boy proudly read his letter in front of the whole group. Since then, almost six months have passed and our students have probably forgotten about their letters to the president recently. They will be reminded soon though because a response letter from the White House was just delivered to the DinoMight office! We are excited to share with the kids that someone read their letters. For a little kid to imagine a letter that they wrote being read at the White house has to be an incredible feeling. We hope that these sort of activities will encourage our students to have a political voice in the world. No matter which party or elected official they choose to support, we hope that they will use their vote to empower their communities and to be advocates for justice. People in the neighborhoods we serve are often underrepresented in elections and other political activities and we hope that our youth will be catalysts in eliminating that disparity. We believe that our students have important things to say and do our best to let their voices be heard!