Second-grade students at Winfield Elementary School recently were given an interesting assignment â€” creating a self-portrait during the South Shore Arts program â€œThe Skin You Live In.â€ The program was underwritten by Northwest Indiana McDonaldâ€™s owners-operators.
â€œWe strive to create and strengthen connections between socially and culturally diverse communities in Northwest Indiana,â€ said SSA director of marketing Trish Hernandez. â€œOur partnership with McDonaldâ€™s will help us share the message of â€˜The Skin You Live Inâ€™ with numerous children through creative storytelling and the aid of art.â€
The program follows the book â€˜The Skin You Live In,â€ written by Michael Tyler and illustrated by Hammond native David Lee Csicsko.
â€œWe all are unique individuals. But we do have some similarities also,â€ SSA instructor Ellen Maxwell told the students. â€œEveryone can feel good in their skin, no matter what color it is.â€
Second-grader Kendall Walker, 8, agreed.
â€œJust because someone looks different doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t be friends with them,â€ he earnestly said. â€œThey can be fun, too.â€
Ninety second-grade classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana participated in the program. Children are taught lessons on diversity, friendship and social acceptance.
As the session to design the self-portrait began, the children chose a piece of construction paper to match the color of their skin.