Rustic Pathways Children’s Home Talent Show

By Bionka Moore, grade 11 (Thrival Academy: Indy)

This is how it all started. The whole day, Joseline, Alicia and I were very nervous because we didn’t think we were ready, and we kept messing up during practice. At about 7pm, we go dressed with our matching outfit. At 7:30pm, time for the talent show, P Chet said we were going second. The Karen girls performed first, with their dance with the umbrellas. Then it was our turn. Hearts were racing; feets were pacing. The music started and we just went. We had so many cheers, and we just tore the floor up with our boss dance moves! More Karen students danced and demonstrated muay thai. Then Ali Mae sang a song from Camp Rock with all his courage, and all the Karen students cheered. Then Javier (Oakland) rapped, and man he got skills! Lastly, Joselin and I performed When I was Your Man by Bruno Mars. Everybody was hyping it up and telling us we got this. The song started but no one could hear Joselin, so I switched the mic with her since I could project my voice more. Then, we balanced each other out and made beautiful magic with our voices.

After the talent show another event occurred. It was last minute and very emotional. We had to gather everyone and nobody knew what was going on. Andrew introduced to P Chet what we were about to do, and we all sang his favorite song Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day. Most people didn’t know the song, but they tried their best. A lot of Indy kids cried because we were sad to leave P Chet. I presented the note cards we wrote to P Chet, and he started to cry as well. Overall, it was a very emotional night.


Next Week: Migration Homestay

Students will stay at the Mae Ra Moe Luang refugee camp in the Thai/Myanmar border region. This unit is a study of the causes and effects of forced migration, with a focus on the social impacts incurred by the Karen population of Myanmar since the start of their displacement from their homeland. They will engage in cultural exchange activities and conduct interviews with residents of the camp. The camp has seen a sharp reduction in foreign aid since the 2014 ceasefire in Myanmar, decreasing the standard of living for the majority of its residents. The stories they have to tell will provide powerful insight into the difficulties they face, and give the students the opportunity to better understand their situation.  Our students will use this experience to shape new thinking about how to promote an inclusive society for people with different backgrounds and ethnicities.