Practicing Peer Leadership by Turning Fears into Friends

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Practicing Peer Leadership by Turning Fears into Friends

In a display of creativity and collaboration, Shady Side Academy's Middle School Visual Arts eighth-grade classes have embarked on a unique project that bridges the gap between imagination and reality, fear and friendship. Teaming up with first-grade students from the Country Day School and the Junior School, this initiative has turned the fearsome monsters of young imaginations into cherished companions.

The project commenced when first-grade students were tasked with dreaming up their very own monsters. These creatures, born from their boundless creativity, ranged from the wildly whimsical to the slightly spooky. Yet, the journey of these monsters from paper to palpable reality is where the true magic of this project lies.

Once these fantastical creatures were conceptualized, their descriptions were passed on to the skilled eighth graders in the Middle School's Visual Arts classes. Middle School students employed their artistic talents and sewing skills to breathe life into the second graders' creations. The result? Each monster was transformed into a soft, huggable stuffed animal, turning what was once a source of fear into a source of comfort and joy.

The Middle School students recently visited their first-grade buddies at the Junior and Country Day Schools to present their completed monsters. First-grade students were excited to receive their new stuffed companions and use them as new reading buddies. 

MS Monsters
MS monsters
MS Monsters
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