I am so honored to be the faculty adviser for an amazing group of motivated and caring students called ACTION. This group inspires me and awes me with their passion and mature sense of social justice at such young ages. The group has taken on issues ranging from youth hunger and homelessness, to being a safe space and allies for LGBTQ youth at our school and beyond, to furthering the discussion about topics of direct import to teens today. They just hosted a panel discussion with local community leaders, teachers, students, and Hartford police on the pros, cons, and dangers of social media for today's youth! There are about 15 students in the group and for the last several months this school year we have met twice a week to put together various events to further their goals. On April 20th we will be coordinating an alternative prom that we are calling the Rainbow Ball. Our group has a very limited budget so we are doing several DIY projects to prep the decor for the event. I am so excited about what we have come up with, that I wanted to share! These students deserve all of the credit and are so awesome - I love that it is my job to work with them each day and be inspired and moved by their compassion, their motivation, and their enthusiasm.
Naturally, we have a rainbow theme for our Rainbow Ball - but we are doing ours in all neon!
This first project is to create two-tiered paper chandeliers. We are using large and small hula hoops for our basic structure and then the students have been cutting up bright paper into strips to attach to the hoops.
When they are done they will look something like this, but with two tiers...
We'll hang them with some neon yarn - just for good measure!
We are also doing our own party favors and they will involve little bags of skittles (as you can guess we like their slogan!), but for now we have created the tags that we'll tie onto each of the bags. We are also saving all of our paper scraps and cutting them up into confetti to decorate our tables for the event.
We have some other projects too and more decorations for the walls, including a pretty fancy banner if I do say so myself. I don't want to give away all of our secrets though!