“Who will carry on this story when I’m gone?”
—Slava Bryn, Elder
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion students celebrated and elevated the stories of their Latino friends and elders through a process of listening, reading, speaking and writing in the Spanish language. This process not only honored the elder’s heritage-language, culture and life story, but their own.
Community Celebration of Place initiated the creation and publishing of twelve story-song books in school year 2013-2014 in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools and the West Metro Education Program (WMEP). These books, written and illustrated by youth, honor the cultural diversity of our region through the inspirational life stories of community elders. These works are now being integrated into the yearly curriculum of area schools.