In May, the students came together at Brashear for a day of exciting and challenging fun, games and art projects. Basketball and "minute to win it" challenges provided the fun and games before they expressed themselves through a number of art projects.
The MGR Foundation provided small blackboards and chalk for students to express their feelings about transitioning to a new school. They were able to write about their feelings in "thought bubbles" and took some "silly" pictures with their thoughts.
The students could also sign a large blackboard that was placed in the halls of Brashear. The blackboards featured sayings such as: "We are ready to unite" and "With strength and speed we will contribute…to this community."
The blackboard provided a way for students to share their thoughts about the transition.
Students were also encouraged to create unity signs. They utilized spray paint, markers and poster board to design posters showcasing the union between the two schools. The results are currently hanging in the halls of Brashear High School.
One last art project the students contributed to was the creation of squares to be included in large class quilts. Each square, representing one student and their talents, skills and idiosyncrasies, will be stitched together to for class quilts. One of each class, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The quilts will stand as symbols of the Langley and Brashear High School transition for years to come.
The students who participated in the Student Focus Group each received a pass to Kennywood for use sometime this summer. The Focus Group members were integral in creating agendas for the students visiting Brashear, as well as sharing their thoughts about the transition process.
Those interested can stay updated with the transition process by visiting Brashear High School's website, http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/brashear/, or by contacting the school at 412-571-7300.