-“My favorite part of the MeMA program was that it helped me more understand society, and I can understand what’s on the news. I learned new things about my topic that I didn’t know before and learned new things in everyone else’s topics.” Cynthia

-“When we watch videos about social justice, I learn that in the past it was a hard time, I didn’t know that black and white are not together and they have to go to separated school.”  (This student is from a Thailand refugee camp). Ma Yar

-“The research and creating of the project was my favorite part of the program. Being able to choose my own topic and really learn about it had the biggest impact on me. You get to a point where you are so fascinated and drawn into your topic that you forget it’s a project.”  Sophia

– “What I found helpful was that before we began the project we were exposed to different social injustices and encouraged to find some of our own. This truly made things easy because this makes things personal. I see the MeMA project as a chance to say something that is worth something.”  Marcus

-“The MeMA program was a blast.  The best thing is it really brought all of us together in class, much closer.” Devin

-“The MeMA program is the only reason I enjoy going to social studies class.”  Bilal

“The MeMA program just keeps getting better! As last time, the students’ projects were amazing. But now, the breadth of topics addressed, the varied formats used, the honesty, the creativity—nothing short of remarkable.   I’m so impressed by how well the curriculum helps students experience– not just learn– history, how it fosters critical thinking and analysis, respects their individuality, and encourages creative expression.” Lisa G., parent of 8th grade student

“I was moved and fascinated by the broad diversity of topics and approaches at the showcase. There was some really stunning work, and each piece illustrated how the kids engaged with the material creatively and from their unique perspectives. The kids must be so proud, and will likely never forget what they learned; both through their own work, and from the other kids’ work.”  Gwenan W., parent of 8th grade student

“Thank you for the work you do with the kids, trying to make this world a better place, song by song, young person by young person.  Deciphering & analyzing song lyrics and developing young students’ critical thinking skills are invaluable tools you are passing along to these young people.”  Rita G., grandparent of 8th grade student.

-“MeMA is a particular draw to kids because of the music, and freedom that allows them to be creative; they can express their own viewpoints, they can research history to find out why things have happened over time and what changes have come about in society.   The program also adds that creative aspect that they like to take on their own and express themselves, so they really enjoy that.  I love seeing all the different projects and what students are able to create, and I can really see the growth in them and what interests are going to lead them for the future.  Students are able to select materials based on their own interests and express themselves and it’s really a reflection of the real world. “ Barbara Onofrio, Principal, Stone Scholastic Academy

-“MeMA’s program greatly enhanced our unit on the Vietnam and Civil Rights era,” says Stone Scholastic Academy Social Studies teacher Edward Patock, whose eighth-graders took part in MeMA’s launch at Stone.  “Most projects in schools today still use the basic written form of communication. My students’ utilized music, art and computer technology, which more effectively conveyed their ideas to others.” Edward Patock, 8th grade Teacher, Stone Scholastic Academy

-“What a thrill it was to observe, through this program, students with diverse learning needs encouraged to learn through music, and enthusiastic throughout the process. I loved hearing the students sing lyrics to songs that were popular decades before they were born, and understand why those songs are relevant today!”  Karen Jarosz-Special Ed Teacher, Stone Scholastic Academy

-“The MeMA-Music Program at Langford was awesome!  The program raised our students consciousness regarding social justice issues, and afforded them the opportunity to use music to impact their lives and to have their voices heard.”  Dr. Garner, Principal, Langford Community Academy

-“Being able to learn about the past through music, through social interaction with their peers, allows students to connect to one another. It allows them to learn about their past so that when they see things in contemporary society, they’re able to make these connections and think a little more critically about their surroundings, because of lot of these students don’t really get outside of their community and national and current events aren’t really something students are asked to engage in.”  Kim Steffon-Assistant Professor/Communications Department, Truman College

Testimonials August 12, 2017