Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Dream Flag Project

At the NCTE Conference in Philadelphia, there was a display that was part of The Dream Flag Project.

Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags, The Dream Flag Project is an annual poetry/art/community-connection project for students in kindergarten to twelfth grade.

To date, more than 40,000 Dream Flags have been created by students in 34 states of the U.S. and by students in Canada, Australia, Honduras, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa.

Children create their own dream poems and transfer them onto pieces of 8 ½ by 11 in. cloth.

They decorate the cloth and attach the Dream Flags to a line—just like the prayer flags.

According to their web site, "The result is a visual line of color and hope that gets displayed in the school or in other public places."

The one in Philly was fantastic:

Some kids had big dreams for the world:

Some kids had more personal dreams:

Some had dreams for their families:

Some had dreams for themselves:

And some wanted robbers to leave kids and cats alone:

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