"...I want y'all to know what a difference this project has made for 70 kids in Wheaton, IL...
We are a competitive show choir and I wanted to get our team in the right mindset in preparation for the most difficult contest in the nation. I wanted to begin the week moving in a positive direction so I challenged the kids to find a word - something to keep them grounded on the stressful day or a word they think defines this year for them.
Before they could stamp their own bracelets, they had to submit their word and why. The kids LOVED this. They helped each other find words couldn't wait to share their words with one another.
When we were done, we circled up and a few of the kids volunteered to share their word and why. It was beautiful and eye opening. We closed with an affirmation circle. This activity combined with the 'What's Your WORD?' took it to a new level. You could physically feel the guards of the students letting down in the room. It was very powerful to watch the kids be so real and honest. We had an inspiring open dialogue about why they all wanted to so freely and honestly give out the love to others, but didn't necessarily feel like they were deserving of the same.
Show Choir is a funny thing: very particular costuming and expectation is involved at this competitive level, and the thought of the kids wearing bracelets on stage and losing points for that would have most directors spinning, especially at the most important contest of the year. Not me. It's not about the points. It is about the kids. They will all be wearing their bracelets on stage Saturday as a gentle reminder for whatever it is that they need. And these days, kids need that.
Thank you to the creators of this meaningful project. I want y'all to know what a difference this project has made for 70 kids in Wheaton, IL." - @wnflight.
We are speechless! Thank you @wnflight for sharing your story and for showing so much love for each other. The world needs more positivity, thank you for being role models! 🙏❤️
How are you showing love to the world? What's Your WORD?
#MyIntent #WhatsYourWORD #showchoir