Rhinelander Visits BCAL

Guest Blogger: Irene Gilbert, Service Learner
BCAL hosted a unique College Access experience. 40 hearing impaired teens visited
BCAL last Saturday had a wonderful time. We augmented the scavenger hunt and showed hip hop videos which incorporated American Sign Language (ASL). The students were able to explore the college campus with the guidance of college service learners and interpreters. The teens were full of energy and were such a joy to be with, hopefully this won’t be their last visit to BCAL.

Spelling out the team name in ASL

Group photo!

Bushwick Participates in City Hall Press Conference to Pass NY DREAM ACT

On March 20, 2012, Bushwick Students traveled to City Hall to have their voices heard and lend their support to passing the NY DREAM ACT. Our students filmed and photographed the press conference under the supervision of our wonderful teaching artist Alejandra Ugarte-Bedwell. BSSJ Student, Olga Sanchez photographed most of the event.

BCAL Saturday- Butterfly Project

At BCAL we made butterflies to represent the children that were lost in the Holocaust. These butterflies were sent to The Holocaust Museum in Texas where the butterflies will eventually compose a breath-taking exhibition scheduled in the Spring of 2014. They will be put up in a gallery where everyone can notice all that has passed away.

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if I could fly i’ll be closer to GOD,

if I could fly i’ll be so high,

Man I wish I had wings so I could try.


Project Peace, Up Close and Inside Out

Project Peace dove into issues of gender, masculinity, and asked, “Who are we really?” Project Peace participants viewed “Life’s Poison,” a short film written by 15 year-old Cleveland native Angileece Williams. A tough kid trying to be a real man, we hear the inner thoughts the film’s protagonist Eliyah as he also struggles with his father’s death, his mother’s illness, taking care of his younger brother, school, and his first love. Project Peace participants then explored their outer shells and inner lives by creating our own portraits of our aspirations and inner feelings and thoughts.

See a selection of Project Peace aspirations, feelings, and thoughts portraits below:

TIMICA || INSIDE || "I am sad because sometimes I am afraid of failure." JOCELYN || INSIDE || "Sometimes I don't know whether I should go for it or not." SHANTE || INSIDE || "My aspiration is to be a music producer. I don't know how to yet, but I want to learn." EMMANUEL || INSIDE || "I want to be a lot of things. I like the arts, I also think I want to be a business man."


Courtyard Garden @ MS 246

In the Spring of 2011, the BCCP helped to build this courtyard garden at MS 246 Walt Whitman…check out the “fruits” of our labor!
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