Forever Friends

Stritch partners with Jewish Day School on book project

Thirteen junior kindergarten students from the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and 19 Stritch education majors met for the first time in Heritage Park in September 2018, as they began a partnership that paired students as “Forever Friends.”

“Throughout the semester my students will be paired one-to-one with the K4 students, and they will start to talk about their lives, about their similarities and differences, and my students will help the K4 students create a book about their partnership,” said Dr. Corey Thompson, ’07, assistant professor of urban education at Stritch. “Every student will walk away with a book that says ‘this is my forever friend.’”
 
The experience will culminate in December at a museum display where the pairs will present their books at a public event.
 
Stritch’s education courses incorporate arts integration teaching methods to prepare future teachers with tools to more deeply engage their students in learning across the curriculum, and this partnership offered the University students the chance to put those tools to work with their junior kindergarten partners.
 
Thompson and Milwaukee Jewish Day School teacher Rona Wolfe met last summer at an “Hours Against Hate” event, sponsored by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Their mutual involvement in the group, which is an initiative designed to help stop bigotry and promote respect across lines of culture, religion, race, tradition, class, sexual orientation and gender, prompted them to form this new partnership between their classes with a focus on finding common ground while also celebrating differences.

Photo by Zak Eden