Promoting Global Awareness in Second Graders has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award. The Madeira Promoting Global Awareness project involved second-grade students in an interdisciplinary exploration of culture and succeeded in educating the children´s hearts and minds. While Kristy Wanstrath and Fran Wilson submitted the application for the award, the project involved a school-based literacy group with four second grade teachers as well as the elementary art, music, library, gym, and computer teachers in the Madeira City School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the application, the focus of the project was described as helping students "to make personal connections to the characters of the books, develop empathy, and relate to other children of the world through literature." The artifacts submitted with the application documented how the project achieved this worthy goal.
For more information and pictures of the project, check out their blog and the online article in World of Words.