The Justice Bell Foundation recently honored thirteen Colonial Middle School (CMS) students for their "Justice Projects." For the second year, all CMS eighth graders created a project in conjunction with their social studies unit on suffrage and women's rights. The unit kicked off with a visit from the Justice Bell Foundation who shared the history of the bell.
The Justice Bell, now housed in the chapel at Valley Forge Park, is a copy of the Liberty Bell and toured the United States in the early 20th century to rally support for women's right to vote. The clapper was chained to the side of the bell until the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 — when the bell first sounded at a celebration in Independence Square in Philadelphia.
For the Justice Project, the eighth graders asked themselves, "What is justice?" and "What needs to be improved in society?" before coming up with ideas and bringing those ideas to life. Students created poems, bookmarks, postcards, paintings, sculptures, websites and more to highlight injustices, historical figures who worked for justice and solutions to make the world more just.
At a ceremony hosted by Michele Stingle on May 29, CMS Teacher and Education Director for the Foundation, the Justice Bell Foundation honored the following projects:
"Nothing but Bones"
Social Justice Awareness Award
"The Road to Justice"
Reflection of Justice Award
The Spirit of Justice Award
"Justice in the News"
Faces of Justice Award
"Walk This Way"
Creative Expression of Justice Award
"Women of Justice"
Artistic Expression of Justice Award
Zane Al-Saleem and Benny Moldovsky
Perception of Justice Award
Kaitlin Parris and Shukriya Fayz
Diversity Awareness Award
Isabella DiMartino and Maya James
"The Case for Women's Rights"
The winning projects will be displayed at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., as part of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment.