Reading Develops the Imagination

The aim of the project was to raise interest in books and reading amongst kids in grades 1-3 in Nowy Sacz District. School children involved in the project chose their favorite characters from a story or fairy tale and presented them in hand-made costumes in a competition. The level of interest and the quality of the presentations far exceeded the expectations of the organizers. The project’s goals were certainly achieved.

There were 16 participating schools and 260 kids involved. Sixteen stories were read and discussed in detail. Some schools organized a series of events based on the stories. The final competition showed a high level of artistry and independence with presentations featuring creative and original costumes. The teachers and assistants expressed their hope that the initiative would become a regular event.

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Children of the Solidarity – Oral History

 The young generation doesn’t know much about the Solidarity movement in Poland and what life looked like at that time. It is an important period in global history, for it was the first such massive, spontaneous, non-violent civic movement in Europe. And – even more importantly – a successful one thanks to which the communist regime began to fall apart and an avalanche of similar changes followed in all the Soviet-bloc countries.

Nowadays for high school students it is just one more history lesson to complete. It seemed logical and important to make that experience more lively, colorful and meaningful by recording case-studies from a provincial area of Southern Poland in the form of oral history and sharing them with students both in Poland and the US.

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