3500 kids see a different world
- 1 didn’t know what the heck dew was, now he does.
- 24 didn’t know that they could be so welcomed into the home of someone they didn’t know, now they want to learn more about each others’ families
- 36 didn’t know they had friends in their neighboring communities, now they do
- 420 had never spent the night in Brooklyn, now they have.
- 650 had never started their school day walking through a metal detector, now they have.
- 950 never knew that you could know the names of every kid in your high school, now they do.
- 1100 had never been to the Bronx, now they have.
- 638 never thought of going to college, now they do.
- 910 never knew that Maine stars could be so bright, now they do.
- 875 had never had a friend of a different ethnicity, now they do.
- 1800 thought they didn’t have any stereotypes, now they know better.
- 1750 had never appreciated their communities, now they want them to thrive.
- 3000 feared differences, now they embrace them.
- 3000 kids see a different world.
In the 4th year of their partnership, OBS students at Lewiston High School and Maranacook Ccmmunity High School created a podcast, “The New Maine – Facing Race and Difference.” Listen to it here! And Connie Carter talks with Edsurge about podcasting with OBS students.
And Writing Songs
In the spring of 2019 the students of Old Town Middle School, Orono Middle School and the Indian Island School wrote and performed a song, “These Three Towns,” to express what they have learned in their 3-way OBS partnership. You can watch their music video here! In “Story of Old Town,” a student-produced video essay created for a class at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Connie Carter talks about OBS’s work in bringing community among the three towns of Old Town, Orono and Bangor.
OBS in the News
From WMTW-TV in Portland (ME):
Lewiston and Maranacook students promote diversity in Maine. (May 22, 2019) Operation Breaking Stereotypes connects students 30 miles apart. “A program at Lewiston and Maranacook teaches diversity at schools with very different populations. WMTW News 8’s Tyler Cadorette explains.”
From the Lewiston (ME) Sun Journal:
Facing race and difference … two schools at a time. (March 24, 2019) “Four years ago they feared each other. Today the same Lewiston and Maranacook students hope their Maine-based project goes national.” A profile of the Lewiston High school – Maranacook Community High School OBS partnership.
From the Bangor (ME) Daily News:
Students in 3 Maine towns thought they had little in common. Then they started talking. (February 19, 2019) About the 3-way OBS partnership among middle school students from the Indian Island School, Orono, and Old Town Middle Schools.
From Education Talk Radio:
Operation Breaking Stereotypes: Sounds good…and it is. (April, 2019) Listen to Connie Carter’s interview with Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs about OBS.
Imagine what OBS could do for YOUR school
Operation Breaking Stereotypes (OBS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working with schools in Maine, Boston, and New York City to facilitate exchanges among diverse groups of learners. Since our founding in 2002, OBS has helped more than 2500 students address ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and racial stereotypes through writing, reading, music, photography, and personal connections.