Story Power Camp Day 1, 7-8 year olds - Jambo!

Hi! My name is Nicolee, and I am an intern at LitWorld this summer. I just finished my first year at McGill University, where I am majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and double minoring in Education and French.

I am so excited to be a part of LitWorld’s Story Power Camp at the Polo Grounds in Harlem this summer. We’ve planned lots of fun activities to keep the kids excited about reading and writing over the summer. So far, we’re off to a wonderful start!

Today was our first day with the 7 and 8 year olds, and it went great! We started the day outside in the hot sun with some silly games to get to know each other’s names.

Next, we headed inside for a read aloud of Carmen Agra Deedy’s beautiful picture book, 14 Cows for America, about the Maasai people of East Africa. We talked about the language, culture, and geography of Kenya. We also had lots of fun singing a song called “Jambo”, which means “Hello” in Swahili!

For our final activity, we wrote letters to real students in Kenya where we introduced ourselves, talked about our interests, and asked our new pen pals about their lives. LitWorld representatives will deliver these letters to the students when they travel Kenya later this week. We can’t wait to hear back from our new friends!

- Nicolee