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Sagewood counters divisiveness of labels through UNITY

PARKER–If you were near Sagewood Middle School recently, you may have noticed a large canopy of poles tied together by yarn on the lawn outside the school.

The school’s performing arts department wanted to counter the divisiveness that can occur when students place labels on one another. They created a visual representation as to who they are as a performing arts department called the Who I Am Unity Project (UNITY).

Students set up 32 poles, each labeled with an identifier such as “I’m a Wildcat,” “I speak English as a Second Language” and “I struggle in school.” With yarn, participants then tie to each pole with which they identify. An interconnected canopy formed as more people participated.

“In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. This project celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and raises awareness of how labels impact our perception of and interactions with the world,” Sagewood’s performing arts directors, Kayla Diaz, Marsha Anema and Jennifer Hawkins jointly said.

Their vision is for communities around Sagewood and the Ponderosa High School feeder area to begin to spread unity and acceptance.

View a video of the UNITY project:

September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Prevention and School Culture, Middle School Education

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