Faith In The Eighth

Faith in the Eighth
Posted on 12/21/2017
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A story about an APS STEM learner

(Courtesy of the Devilstrip)

When world events and break­ing news make the slide into cyn­i­cism so easy, how do you hang on to hope? For Sherry Han­k­in­son, a lan­guage arts teacher at Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame STEM Mid­dle School, it’s sim­ple: put your hope in the hands of Akron eighth-graders. 
 
For one as­sign­ment, Han­k­in­son asked her stu­dents what they could do to change the world. 
 
Noah Smith wrote, “I can change the world if I make sure that oth­ers can change the world, too,” on a bright pink note card that later caught the eye of Art­sNow ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nicole Mul­let who shared a photo of it on­line where the au­thor’s col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit con­nected with some of the Akro­n­gentsia. 
 
“That was the first thing that popped in my mind,” Noah says. “I think it’s just cool to be that per­son who peo­ple can de­pend on.”
 
Help­ing oth­ers is­n’t new to Noah. He vol­un­teers on a monthly ba­sis at the Akron Art Mu­seum, his fa­vorite place in down­town Akron. His fa­vorite piece at the mu­seum is “Man Eat­ing Tree” by John Sokol.
 
Noah likes to draw dur­ing his free time. Read more at >>.
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