To get the day started we decided to go on a picnic:
Smith is bringing spaghetti, Jared is bringing Jelly, Bryan is bringing broccoli, Matthew is bringing maps, Silas is bringing soup, Graham is bringing grapes, Jake is bringing jello, Zach is bringing a zebra, Max is bringing mangos, Budd is bringing bouillon, Peter is bringing pasta, Niizuma is bringing Nicaraguan coffee, Ayden is bringing apples, Isaac is bringing intensity, Angela is bringing apricots, Zoe is bringing zippers, Elly is bringing eggs, Sophie is bringing sandwiches, Alayna is bringing asparagus, Libby is bringing licorice, Brianna is bringing burritos. Your turn...try to repeat that from memory:)
Now that we were all on a first name basis, we explored trust through a brief partner activity. Nothing says "I trust you" like walking with your eyes closed and having someone guide you through a space using nonverbal cues while keeping you safe!
As we wrapped up the morning, exploring the purpose of our program inspired by the Accompaniment Model, we read a few short articles, and watching a powerful TED Talk from Chimamanda Adichie titled, "The Danger of a Single Story." If you haven't watched the TED Talk it is highly recommended.
Throughout the program we will be focused on making real and authentic connections to the community, both learning and sharing through experiences. As a piece of this, we will be working as a group to raise funds for the community with a goal of $2500.
Different than many fundraising efforts, our goal with the partnership is to focus fundraising openly, understanding that needs and initiatives will constantly arise as the community evolves. Keeping it open helps develop a sustainable practice instead of making a commitment to a singular element, and it keeps the trust open to allow the community to comfortably and independently make decisions on the use of the fundraised money.
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