This story is about a tap dance school in Seattle, created for primarily disadvantaged kids to have an outlet for their energy, to help them build confidence, to give them a group to belong to, and also to call attention to social justice. Here’s their website.
It reminded me of a scene in the movie “White Nights” in which the two main characters — one who comes from ballet and one who comes from tap and jazz dance — collaborate on a dance that mixes both worlds. The movie has lots of other things to talk about: interracial relationships and prejudice, defection, and the Cold War.
Do you remember the first book that had an impact on you? A few that I remember very, very vividly from my childhood, as much for the pictures as the stories. Not suggesting you should buy these, but take a look at the “Look inside”:
Anyway, I thought about this after seeing this video about a non-profit called First Book in a rural part of Iowa, where a “lunch lady” is organizing a book bus to help get books to children during vacations:
Our short winter vacation is coming up soon. What do you plan to read?
How could someone who can’t see kayak? With a lot of motivation and ingenuity, and a litle help from technology.
Read more about this native of Turkey, who lost his sight when he was a child:
Here’s the app he uses: Be My Eyes. If you’re feeling philanthropic, maybe you can lend your eyes to someone who needs them.
Here’s a story about a young girl living a hard life, who finds hope in books:
The best line:
“The more you know about something the less you will fear it.”
This isn’t a new story, but it’s a good one. Here’s more to read and listen to: “Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker” from NPR.