In honor of Rosa Parks Day, TeacherPop is visiting the amazing first graders at Boston’s Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, and their short film, Service to Others, a submission to the 2015 White House Student Film Festival.

At Orchard Gardens, 90% of our students come from low-income families, and 100% of them are bursting with potential. Our students take classes in visual arts, theater, music, and dance. These artistic endeavors combined with academic standards provide our students with a means for expressing learning that often surpasses paper-and-pencil methods.

This year, our first graders explored the biographies of famous black Americans determined to end slavery and segregation. They read, discussed, and wrote about the struggle for racial equality through the context of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ruby Bridges. The students then sat for unscripted, thoughtful reflections for the following short film. Please enjoy it, and we hope that you too will Pay It Forward!