During March, Teens Club had the opportunity to celebrate spring by building kites. Our students walked into Teens Club to find print outs of kite building directions, stacks of dowel rods, garbage bags, rolls of Caution/Cuidado tape, and string. Many were hesitant to get on board.
“Why don’t we just go to CVS and buy a kite?”
“Kites made out of garbage bags? This looks totally ghetto.”
“There is no way I am going to do that!”
Slowly, with prodding from some of their more enthusiastic peers, almost all our kids got on board. They cut dowels, measured out diamonds, and used much more duct tape than necessary. They worked hard, and were proud of their final product. We may have been only moderately successful in our final flight trials, but we were extremely proud of the hard work that they put into the building process, and so were they.