2008 National Conference » Events

Yoshiko Uchida's The Bracelet: Activity Session for Children 6 - 12 Years Old

Salvador Gutierrez, Elementary School Educator, San Antonio Independent School District

Topic: Youth-Friendly
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor

The Bracelet, a story written by Yoshiko Uchida, is about a strong friendship between two girls, one of whom is a Japanese American and forced to go to a concentration camp. A strong bond is formed among the two girls and each make a friendship bracelet. When they are finished they exchange it with each other as a sign of their continued friendship. In this session, the story will be read aloud and then participants will create their own friendship bracelets and gift boxes. Each person will then be encouraged to exchange their bracelets and boxes with another participant as a sign of friendship. This session will be facilitated by an elementary school teacher who researched and developed curriculum for the project Enduring Communities: The Japanese American Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Educators attending this session will receive copies of the curriculum when it is completed.

This sessions are open to learners of all ages, but each young person must be accompanied by an adult. A small materials fee will be collected at the start of the session.