The Common Ground Experiment grew out of a partnership formed between Wesley Prep 4th grade students and their friends at the Austin Street Center. In this time of division and polarization around the world, we want to highlight and celebrate what we have in common. Some beautiful friendships are forming among these students and shelter guests. Despite differences in age, race, gender or life experiences, they have found a way to celebrate one another. We wanted to share their beautiful example with the world. It is only through real relationships that any societal problems can be solved. We hope to lead others toward unity by sharing our story.
In an effort to truly get to know one another, the two groups decided to create something together. Creativity requires vulnerability, honesty, and courage...all things needed to form real connections with others. Together, my 4th graders and their friends at Austin Street are writing poetry. They will brainstorm and discuss and dream and paint pictures with their words. They will know and be known by one another. This shared experience will become part of all of our stories. No one will feel marginalized or small; everyone will be a part of something beautiful that we will have made together. We will compile our poems into a book which we will sell to raise money for the center and for future Common Ground Experiments. In addition, we will host a poetry reading at Opening Bell Coffee on April 29th. We hope you will be there!
Would you like to join us in our quest for unity? Here's how you can get involved: