Take a Walk in These Shoes
On Tuesday, April 25, participants in the “Take a Walk in These Shoes” program were invited to learn about challenges faced by students and families in North Hill, Akron.
Derry Wimer led the group in an interactive exercise that increased awareness of “assets” that many of us enjoyed while growing up—like safe housing, a safe neighborhood, food security, our own beds—which many of the students and parents in North Hill do not have.
In a second illustration, Derry used reams of paper, each representing a specific challenge like an incarcerated parent, drug use in the home, homelessness, food insecurity, etc.—to demonstrate the enormous burden students carry from a very young age. As a community and as a church, we can help reduce this burden.
Following these activities, guidance counselors from Findley Community Learning Center and North High School shared their personal stories of helping students navigate specific challenges—and how the daily challenges faced by students creates a heavy lift for teachers and other school staff.
A capacity audience of over 50 people participated in this program of First Serve, sponsored by our Outreach Board.