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School 84 Receives Grant to Participate in ‘One State, One Story’

Joseph J. Bingham School 84, Center for Inquiry, will participate this spring in the Indiana Humanities “One State, One Story” program after receiving the organization’s Community Read grant.

IB Coordinator Rachel Green Sharpe, Media Specialist Elaine Loftus, and Visual Arts Teacher Sarah Reed will lead a school-wide effort organized around author Ashley Bryan’s book, “Freedom Over Me.”  

Indiana Humanities awards grants to organizations to host program series in their communities that inspire participants to read, think, and discuss big ideas.

“By cultivating a culture of intellectual curiosity, we hope to help students find the joy in becoming lifelong learners,” said Principal Kathleen Miller. “Together, we are engaging in learning that encourages our students to think boldly and converse bravely about the profound concepts that shape our world. I am incredibly proud to work on a team of people who prioritize these learning experiences and opportunities for our school community.”

Programming highlights will include:

•          A book discussion facilitated through media class and across grade levels through CFI’s Book Buddies program.

•          A presentation by Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity Speaker’s Bureau member Leah Milne on the topic of literature’s ability to build empathy by offering children “windows and mirrors” into the lives of various people.

•          A school-wide art installation reflecting these themes.