The School Planner Company is delighted to share some exciting new free resources for teachers and parents from The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust ahead of Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April 2020.
In this resource pack you will find:
Read Up A Storm – Short reading list of books that are available to read for free online
Get Hands-On With Building Your Own Bridge – Challenge to build your own bridge
Be The Next Poetry Sensation – Creative inspiration and poetry writing exercises
#ChallengeAccepted – Social media activity for secondary school students
Read Up A Storm
Now is a great opportunity to get your students or child reading books. In this link you will find a short list of reading books that are free and available to read online, compiled by the Stephen Lawrence Foundation. All of the books in the list promote a positive message of working together to make a better world. This list has books for a range of ages, from 0 to 18. Find the perfect read for your children and students.
Be The Next Poetry Sensation
Spoken word poetry can be a powerful form of creative expression for young people. In this video series from the Eggtooth project in Hastings, the group perform spoken word poetry about Stephen Lawrence written by themselves. Read the information sheet and learn more about spoken word. Use the video as inspiration to help your child or students write their own poetry.
Get Hands-On With Building Your Own Bridge
Spread the positive message of building bridges through, building a bridge! Stephen Lawrence Day has set a challenge: Using only things you can find in your home, build your own bridge. Perfect for those that already have an interest in architecture or engineering. Teach your child or students about the importance of being inclusive through a fun, creative activity.
Get involved this Stephen Lawrence Day. Use the power of social media to share simple acts of kindness. Spread the important, uplifting message of community during these difficult times. A simple way to make a difference! This document gives you ideas and examples to get you started. Perfect for those young people who already get social online with friends.
Stephen’s Story: An inspiration to many young people across the UK, Stephen Lawrence was an ambitious and hardworking individual who always wanted to have a positive impact on the community. His dreams were tragically cut short in an unprovoked racist attack on the 22nd April 1993 at the age of 18.
Stephen left behind a strong message of hope and community. Changing many attitudes towards racism and influencing positive change in the justice system with regards to discrimination.
“Justice for Stephen is about all of us, every one of us, in society having justice. There are still too many young people who do not have a sense of hope, who just don’t get the chance to live their dreams. I want all our children and young people to feel inspired, be confident and have hope in their own future. We are building hope but there is more to do.”
BARONESS LAWRENCE, SPEAKING AT 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL IN 2013
Family and friends have since built up a legacy to support youth from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust through special programmes, has been able to help young people to see their potential. Gaining the skills and qualifications they need to progress to a higher standard of living for them and their families. “Our Transitions programme has supported over 1,000 young people who have received one–to–one advice, career guidance, industry talks and work experience.”.
In 2018 the campaign to create a national day to commemorate Stephen Lawrence’s life was granted by the prime minister Theresa May. This helped spread the message of Stephen’s story to people across the country. Inspiring young people to get involved in helping their local communities and focusing on bettering themselves for the future. We at SPC support this message of hope and equality and will give our full support to the charitable trust in their nationwide campaign.