“The Hero’s Journey Starts” (at the MAC)
The GCCS’ Advanced Program’s theme is ordered under the title “The Hero’s Journey.” On the first intermediate elementary seminar (Dec. 5, 2017), students will travel to the Muhammad Ali Center, where they will tour the permanent exhibit as well as the temporary exhibit “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.” The exhibit, which is on display until January 8, 2018, is based off the book of the same title by author Paola Gianturco, a grandmother herself. It features images and stories of grandmothers worldwide who are acting courageously and effectively to create a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Following the tour, students will return to Spring Hill Elementary where they will have a “Lunch and Learn” session with a Frazier Museum interpreter portraying Molly Pitcher. Funding for this trip comes from a grant provided by the Muhammad Ali Center, the IDOE HA Grant, and the Armstrong Gift for High Ability.
Advanced 6th-grade students at all the middle schools will also tour the MAC and participate in a follow-up leadership session with the MAC educators. Funding for this trip comes from a grant provided by the Muhammad Ali Center, the IDOE HA Grant, and the Armstrong Gift for High Ability.
Many thanks to the MAC and to the Armstrong Gift for High Ability for making these trips possible.
2017-2018 in Review
“The Hero’s Journey Continues” (Indiana Arts Commission Grant)
The second intermediate elementary seminar will take place April 3 (NWES, UES, and JJES) and April 4 (RES, BES, SHES, MES, NES, PWES, WES, and TJES). Our organization will use an Indiana Arts Commission Grant to bring KY Shakespeare’s 12th Night to Greater Clark School elementary high ability students as they analyze characteristics of fictional heroes of the past/overcoming obstacles; paint with large-scale muralist, present day hero, Wilfred Seig, who lost the use of one arm and was determined to follow his dream; and as they tour downtown public pieces of art with Dawn Spyker and discuss how they can become heroes of the future to their community through philanthropy. Specific emphasis will be placed on the need for them to achieve the highest level of post-secondary education possible in order to add stock to their positive influence in the community.