I’m such a sap when it comes to people doing good for others. So of course I loved seeing this piece about an organization called Bronx Write Bus, which takes kids from the Bronx on cultural trips outside of the borough accompanied by volunteer writers related to the day’s cultural event. The writer works with the kids on the bus to help them take notes on their experiences. A recent example was a visit to the Anne Frank Center in Soho. Liz Welch, author of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, went with the kids and distributed to each a notebook, a pen, and a sandwich. How cute is that? A 12 year-old in attendance had never even heard of the Holocaust, but I’m sure came away with new understanding of the world outside of the Bronx.
I think it’s so wonderful to see writers giving back in this way, and helping communities where resources are limited and there is so little focus on books and literacy. Some of these kids just might wind up being writers someday, and their love of words and writing could start from an experience like this that opens up their world beyond their close quarters.
I’d like to know if you have any ideas of cultural destination spots in New York or elsewhere around the country that a group like this might visit. And appropriate writers that might accompany them there. For fun, here is a book that is full of literary destination ideas!