The wind was blowing stronger in the arid southwest part of Dominican Republic than in Washington, DC, on March 21st, so the Pedro Corto students saw their kites lifted into the breeze while the César Chavez Prep Charter School students determinedly carried their kites around the schoolyard.
The Pedro Corto students wrote messages wishing for: No more violence. Take good care of animals. No more garbage. No more deforestation. For all to be equal. More baseball leagues (to give more Dom Reps the opportunity to get good enough to become rich baseball stars in the United States.)
The Washington, DC students hoped for: Everyone to be treated equally. Lots of shelters for people who are homeless. Someday war will end. Every culture will unite.
Plan International organized the Pedro Corto students’ participation at the local Community Technology Centre. Peter Marsden and Karine Welsh are the César Chavez Prep teachers. The two groups partnered because César Chavez Prep volunteer Cathy Healy was in Dominican Republic on March 21st giving a workshop on Talking Kites Day with Carlos Miranda Levy, Educar.org. The students linked up between flying and marching their kites for a video chat via Skype. The 12-year-olds from two countries a world away shared their similar messages of hope and smiled and waved.
Plan International’s video showing the kite flying and digital storytelling workshop is on YouTube. Celestino Gonzales, a well-known DR videographer, produced the clip.
Chavez ninth graders Fanny Valencia and Nhi Iam from the Global Media class filmed and produced a video on their event that can be found on the César Chavez Prep’s website.