Last week, about 50 second and third graders from the Children’s Aid Summer Camp at C. S. 211 shared a day of fun, learning and inspiration with U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor.
They were part of the Bronx Children’s Museum’s “Dream Big for our Rivers” Environmental Day at Fordham University, which concluded the museum’s annual Dream Big program. Now in its fourth year, Dream Big is a four- to six-week summer arts enrichment program for elementary-aged children at local schools and community-based organizations.
Teaming up with Justice Sotomayor was guest artist Cáthia, one of the top 16 singers in season four of NBC’s popular music contest, “The Voice.” A talented 19-year-old Bronx native, Cáthia has performed at Carnegie Hall and the famed Apollo Theater. The children went crazy when she sang to them.
In spite of the sweltering temperature, Judge Sotomayor proved to be not only inspirational but also a very engaging and fun reader, delighting the children with her reading of a “refreshing” book about freshwater trout.
The morning activities and workshops were hands-on and engaging. Kids got to observe and touch different kinds of worms and learned about their role in the cycle of nature. They also heard about the Bronx River’s role in the local ecosystem, and got to paint a colorful mural inspired by the mighty river.
With the help of these special guests, the event was a huge success, helping the program meet its goal to “inspire children to dream big, work hard, follow their passions and become caretakers of their world.”