At the end of last school year I had the opportunity to plan for the upcoming year with my colleagues from the other two middle schools in my district. We were particularly inspired by the idea of mail art, originating from Ray Johnson in the Fluxus Movement. We developed this lesson called "Post It Forward," which involves students creating art and sending it on to other students. The lesson calls for students to create post cards with a positive or encouraging message. This past weekend, I happened to catch this story on Channel 4 about a young man named Tyler Mullins who suffers in pain daily from an illness.
Tyler's Grandparents have organized a card shower for him because getting mail lifts his spirits. I was really touched by the story and after showing the story to my students, we decided to get in on the action. My students created mixed media pieces, using a wide variety of materials and techniques to create these beautiful post cards. If you are in search of a great lesson with a great lesson for the students, I suggest posting forward an encouraging card for Tyler. His address is: