Third grade teacher Margie Gibson shared that her class has been skyping with a group of students, aged 8-10, from Kabul as a culminating activity for the class's book club. Both groups of students had a shared reading experience, and both groups skyped from their respective libraries. (See photos here.) Mrs. Gibson explained, "Before we read the book, we created a video of our kids speaking their name, their family situation, their favorite animal, and color; and in return, the Afghani children did the same. Both groups then read the wordless book Journey by Aaron Becker. We emailed our book reflections and pictures back and forth." She continued, "This kid-to-kid connection has been pure and wonderful."
This project developed after Mrs. Gibson spoke with Joe Highland and Diane Dreher, former PDS parents, who have worked closely with two sisters who, through the Afghan Financial Assistance Fund, built a library at their former school. The library is named Baale Parwaz, "Wings that Fly." Now that the library has been built, they are in the process of creating additional programming for the students.
Mrs. Gibson said, "It's an incredibly exciting global connection for our kids. We hope to begin it earlier in the fall next year so we have a longer period to fully develop deeper connections."