Working with my OAV (Our American Voice) kids today, we were composing an email to send to the school about our project. Our American Voice is a civics program, where students learn about citizenship and then do a project to improve their school, or community. Last year my students were so into everything- they loved learning about citizenship, doing the project- they were real citizens of our club, our school and our community. This year, I am having a slightly harder time. The kids who joined are not all completely committed and I am struggling with what to do. I don’t want to discourage anyone from being part, but I also want them to realize that this is not like a typical school “club”. It’s a year long commitment, there is an educational part, and we are trying to make the community better. The ones who are committed are amazing! They have such compassion and a work ethic to be envied; and today we ended up having a very serious conversation about what it means to be a citizen of a group. We were discussing the student walk out. I was proud of their empathy, and their ability to look at an issue from different sides.