Since 1988, we've been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. While we celebrate the customs, and traditions that make us unique, it's important to celebrate the people who gave us the opportunities to continue celebrating these traditions. The workshop (4th graders and up) is created to celebrate the courage of the Latino immigrants who have crossed the border, taken or jumped on a "Yola" (illegal makeshift boat) and risked it all to reach the United States. The freight train is a symbol of the act of breaking out of your comfort zone. Discomfort teaches us how strong we really are. The Freight Train to Freedom Workshop celebrates all the immigrants who had the courage to lean into their discomfort. After students complete their train in this step-by-step workshop, they will paint the train and paint words of love, names of our loved ones, encouragement and positivity.
The entire class can then link all the trains together and display them in a dazzling show of support and way to honor the immigrants who have helped shape and develop the US economy. This workshop is part of the 101 Create Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a teacher training designed to give educators some ideas on how to create a more memorable classroom experience. The workshop has over 75 groundbreaking, arts & crafts workshops for students from Kindergarten to Adult. For a complete list, please contact me now.