The Common Ground Experiment grew from the Wesley Prep 4th graders who wanted to make a difference and their friends at Austin Street who welcomed them and encouraged them to come closer. Our first interactions with Austin Street Center had to do with meeting needs. We collected blankets and coffee for them last spring. This fall, we provided lunches for the center a few times, too. These were meaningful activities, but we wanted to connect in a more personal way.
In December, we hosted a Christmas party for the shelter guests. We came with homemade cookies to decorate, Christmas games and crossword puzzles, fuzzy Christmas socks and candy canes. We had so much fun singing carols and celebrating together. We all savored this special moment filled with budding friendships. In fact, it was so meaningful that we immediately made plans to come back on Valentine's Day!
At both of our parties we noticed how easy it was to connect with one another while working on something creative, like decorating a cookie or making a Valentine card. With that in mind, we thought it would be really special to work on another creative endeavor together...so we're writing poetry!
Now we would like to invite you to be a part of something beautiful. We will be connecting and composing our poetry during the month of March. In April, we will be ready to share it with all of you! Mark your calendars for April 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the perfectly poetic Opening Bell Coffee in downtown Dallas. That day, my 4th grade poets and their Austin Street poet pals will be sharing their profound insights through spoken word. If you want to be inspired, this is where you need to be! Come and listen to these young and "young at heart" members of our community as they lead us towards unity through their poetry. What a timely and powerful example for all of us during Dallas' "Year of Unity!"
Live Poetry Reading!
Given by the poets of the
Common Ground Experiment
Opening Bell Coffee
1409 South Lamar Street
Saturday, April 29
All are welcome!