This week our fifth and sixth graders faced some tough questions that trouble many skilled policy makers and community leaders today. How can we make our community better? How can we create a fair, sustainable community that allows for the opportunities of growth and the optimism needed for resiliency? We were visited by Nilda Mesa, the sustainability and equity director Urban Design Lab at Columbia University, who told us her family’s story of immigrating from Cuba to the U.S., how she developed her passion for ecology, and her experiences flying in fighter jets and creating environmental policy with the Mayor of NYC.

Sustainability, Resiliency, Equity, Growth

Our fierce BGT playwrights dove into these issues head first (after learning many real life examples) to think about the problems in their own schools and the problems in their community. They role-played as principals and policy makers for their school, thought about the ways they could better their neighborhoods and brainstormed what-if questions to create a semi-realistic universe that was struggling with one of the above 4 topics. Eventually, these what-if questions embarked the journey of writing some pretty amazing, science-fiction like plays. We can’t wait to see what next week’s topic covers.

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