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Culture Connects and Strengthens

Black culture has often been misunderstood because of manipulated histories and misrepresentation in the media. The E-Pal Project, a dedicated initiative of The P.A.L. Project, is working to remedy this by providing a cultural immersion program that enables virtual global interactions between with cultural educators and peers through conversation and education. 

Students who have engaged with our program are being given a chance to share their own works inspired by their engagement with the E-Pal Project. We welcome you to look over these bright sparks of creativity!

Original Student Stories and Journals

                     HOW TO BE KIND. Okay here we go.

Ms. Mensah is kind to us by giving us snacks everyday. I like Aunty Shine Shines’ Storytime because they are so good and Yayra is our hype-man. Sometimes we have guests in our classes on zoom.

You can compliment somebody  by saying, “I like your shoe” and “I like your hair”. You can make somebody’s day just by saying that. 

“I like your shoe Roxie, I love your dress Ms. Mensah,  I like your toys and like your hair…”

                      HOW TO BE KIND… Ok here is part two 🙂

It is just the little things that make people happy. The End.

                                                  –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

 

                                 What Does Kindness Mean To You…?

Kindness is something I think everyone should have and kindness can be little things too. Like picking up stuff off the floor, helping around the house, asking if somebody needs help, asking if somebody wants to play with you and there is more. 

Like giving somebody and compliment. If you give somebody a compliment, it might just make their day and THAT is awesome. For example, “Ms. Mensah I like your shirt or Mr. Cromer I like your shoes or Miracle, I like your hair.” These are compliments and that is nice 👍🏾

SO BE NICE!!!

 

                                               –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

Common sense is something I think everyone should have but unfortunately, everybody does not have it. For example, Elizabeth was walking wont eh hall at school and she sneezed. She did not cover her  mouth and then a girl named Jenny came down the hallway and said “bless you but you did not cover your mouth”.

Jenny said, “It is common sense .” Then Elizabeth said “what’s common sense?” “Well…” Jenny said “…common sense is sound, practical judgment concerning everyday matters or a basic ability to perceive, understand and judge in a manner that is shared by or common to most people. The first the of common sense, good sense, can be described as the ‘knack’ for seeing things how they are and things as they ought to be done. 

“Wow!” Elizabeth said “I learned so much but now we have to get to class…seriously.”

“Haha… okay” Jenny said and they went to class.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

Common sense is something I think everyone should have but unfortunately, everybody does not have it. For example, Elizabeth was walking wont eh hall at school and she sneezed. She did not cover her  mouth and then a girl named Jenny came down the hallway and said “bless you but you did not cover your mouth”.

Jenny said, “It is common sense .” Then Elizabeth said “what’s common sense?” “Well…” Jenny said “…common sense is sound, practical judgment concerning everyday matters or a basic ability to perceive, understand and judge in a manner that is shared by or common to most people. The first the of common sense, good sense, can be described as the ‘knack’ for seeing things how they are and things as they ought to be done. 

“Wow!” Elizabeth said “I learned so much but now we have to get to class…seriously.”

“Haha… okay” Jenny said and they went to class.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

                                             KINDNESS

When I think of kindness, I think of sharing and giving to others. I also think of, “thank you and no thank you, yes sir and no sir”, with these being terms of respect giving the least you can help.

 Kindness goes on and on that means by being kind, someone else does something kind and kindness keeps going on. Younger people are most likely to do things that would influence others to be kind.

Kindness is like a virus that spreads all around the world.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

                                             KINDNESS

When I think of kindness, I think of sharing and giving to others. I also think of, “thank you and no thank you, yes sir and no sir”, with these being terms of respect giving the least you can help.

 Kindness goes on and on that means by being kind, someone else does something kind and kindness keeps going on. Younger people are most likely to do things that would influence others to be kind.

Kindness is like a virus that spreads all around the world.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

Hi, my name is Lily. I am a fashion designer. I was born in California and I am 15. I have a big sister who is 16. We are really close and I am just like my sister so let me tell you my story.

When I was little, I loved fashion. So I started working on myself until one day I was at school and this boy came to me and said “you look like a clown!”

            I said, “why?” and you would not believe what he said. He said, “because you are popular now and I am going to mess that up!”

            I said, “ NO DO NOT DO THAT!!!”  I believed in myself so you know what I did? I put on the most messed up thing ever and everyone else did it. So now I did my dream and I am a fashion designer for kids.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

TIME TRAVELER

There was a person named Timmy and I am not going to lie; he was a nerd. He would get on people’s nerves because he will always correct people. Like whenever we are doing a project and somebody is doing something wrong on the project, he will correct them.

He built a time machine and brought it to school one day to show everyone…..

            You’re here okay. I lied about the rest of the story!

                                            YES OR NO

                           If you said yes, the rest is right here….

 He built a time machine and brough tit to school one day to show everyone and everyone was surprised.  So, he went into the future and saw flying cars. You had to pay with smartcash which is kind of the knock off version of Cashapp & Paypal.

            Timmy came back and lied to the school. He said the world had ended when he went into the future. He lied because everyone hated him (revisit the beginning of the story).

NOW RATE 1-10. How good was my story?

1          2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9          10

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

THE PRINCESS IS NOT SO PRINCESS

Once there was a princess named Amaze and she was a good girl and daughter. She had five siblings, three girls and two boys including her. Her sisters’ names were Amber, Nina and her brothers’ names were Cameron and Eugene. Her mother’s name was Rhonda and dads name was also Eugene.

          Amaze was not like other princesses. She wanted to wear jeans and not dresses and wanted to go to a normal school and ride in cars and have a phone and not have to go to the ball all the time. Amaze had a little hiding spot in the garden with a bench, flowers with butterflies and birds chirping. It was nice and quiet, and she would read her book out there.       

            One day, she woke up with a normal life and her mom came int her room waking her up for school, but her mom was not wearing a dress. She was wearing a shirt and pants and they lived in a normal house with a dog and went to school. But then, Amaze felt something. It was a bird and Amaze woke up from her dream and was so sad and hurt because all Amaze wants to be is a normal girl.

                                                –4th Grader Columbus Public Schools

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