"Wendy's ABR workshop was a meaningful way for my fifth graders to begin to understand their role in creating their own future. This awakening took place as students thoughtfully considered what truly mattered to them, and what their deepest hopes were for their own life. Some students were able to pinpoint specifics like career goals, while others focused on broader visions like having a happy family life. Once students identified their goals, they moved towards creating an artistic expression of their future by decoupaging a wooden "BELIEVE" with words, quotes, and ideas brainstormed during the session with Wendy.
When Wendy connected the dots between believing in your vision and proactively moving toward that vision, my class understood that they are not bystanders in their life. They are able to live their "BELIEVE", by staying focused on what is truly most important to them. Then they will "RECEIVE" the life they envisioned.
At the end of the school year I asked my students to reflect on the year's highlights. Many students mentioned Wendy's ABR workshop as being a most meaningful part of their year. I know that as my students move through the coming years, the wooden BELIEVE they created will inspire them, and serve as a powerful reminder of who they are and who they will one day become.”
Mrs. Rennie, Helen Morgan Teacher New Jersey