For the last four years, we’ve been partnering with Region 20, in San Antonio, TX to do an ASK program on the book, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Our students read the book, and are interviewing a panel of former migrant workers at Region 20. This program is particularly powerful, as most of the districts in our area serve migrant workers who spend part of the year in Michigan and part of the year in Texas. Each of the panel members spent time working in Michigan, so the connection is strong.
Here is a sample of the questions students from three schools asked today:
- What would you say to Cesar Chavez if he was still alive today?
- How would you have done things differently if you were Cesar?
- Would you rather work in the field or go to school?
- We read that Cesar Chavez had 8 children. Do you know if any of his children are working to keep his legacy alive?
- What are you thoughts on how migrants should have been treated?
- What was your reaction to the harsh conditions? Did you ever join a protest or boycott?
- What was your most memorable experience as a migrant worker?
- Do you think it is better being a migrant worker or doing the job you’re doing now? and why?
- How has Cesar Chavez’ work changed a generation of migrant workers?
As you can see, some very powerful learning went on! This program also helps our students understand better their fellow students who are migrant workers. A special thank you to Susan Altgelt and the bridging team at Region 20 for making this happen!