Children’s Curriculum: Summer 2017 – Celebrating and Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants!
As many of you will remember, last fall our elementary students led us in a project to welcome refugee children arriving in the state of Maine. We partnered with Catholic Charities in Portland to create welcome back-packs full of school supplies and a toy for 47 refugee children arriving in the Portland and Lewiston areas. The CUF children also reminded us that after the Nativity story Jesus became a refugee. They set up tables to help us buy fair trade products for Christmas (products whose sale price went to assist Syrian refugee families in Turkey) and led us in a December offering plate campaign which raised $855 for the Karam Foundation working in Syria. It was a busy and productive time.
Since then, we have learned that Catholic Charities is beginning to talk about refugee resettlement in the Bangor area within the next couple of years. This is exciting news! We thought, therefore, that we would take this summer to learn even more about what it is like to be a refugee, migrant or immigrant child and to think a little more deeply about what we can do to make refugee children feel welcome in our schools and in our communities if (or hopefully when!) more of them begin to arrive.
The curriculum will be based around picture books and will have lots of time for wondering out loud, making art, and celebrating together. It will connect to the Touchstone themes we have explored this year and to the themes of our last three summers: “CUF Values,” “The Kindness Summer” and “Welcoming and Including Everyone!”
Come join us as we learn about the refugee and immigrant experiences of children around the world and how we can make our church, our towns and our schools more welcoming places!
Sarah Marx-McGill, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries