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Women's History Month: A3 Hummingbird Project
March is Women’s History MonthA3 teacher, Scott Crowell, developed his latest curriculum around Women’s History Month, which is March,
“Women hold up half the world, Crowell said. “It's important to make sure that their contributions are recognized.”
Crowell chose to introduce his students to Wangari Maathai. Maathai developed The Green Belt Movement, planting more than 50 million trees to fight deforestation in Kenya. She was also the first female professor in Kenya and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
Showing examples of women who actually did great things, and women doing important stuff for our world is a good thing,” A3 Senior Sky McKibben said.
Wangari’s story is inspirational to the students because of the barriers she overcame and was an example for other women.
The Hummingbird Project gets its name from a story called I will be a Hummingbird, as told by Wangari. The story is about a tiny hummingbird that “did its best” in the face of difficult circumstances, while much larger animals did nothing.
“We’re coloring in hummingbirds to represent the little tiny hummingbird that tried its best even though the forest was burning down,” McKibben said. “That kind of represents each and every student.”
Crowell wants his students to remember that they are individuals, but they are not alone. He also hopes his students are inspired by Maathai and the hummingbird story to “keep doing the best I can,” even in tough times.
McKibben shared another takeaway from this project.
“It’s better to be a hummingbird ‘doing your best’ than it is to be an elephant and do nothing,” McKibben said.
The finished hummingbirds will be displayed on the front windows of the school with the message: A3, doing the best that we can do!
Now that you know the story, you may be inspired to color your own hummingbird picture.