UPDATE! This month, Marion Wilson was honored to participate
in the I Have A Dream foundations national conference in Atlanta,
The I Have A Dream foundation (IHAD) mission is to
provide "long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced
communities to achieve their full potential, by promoting from an early age,
values of higher education and career success, with opportunity guaranteed
through financial resources, and other services." Their branches are
scattered throughout the country, including (but not limited to) Boulder and
Denver, Colorado, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, and New York City. IHAD works to
provide their student dreamers with long-term support and resources to meet their educational
and professional goals.
IHAD was introduced to the MLAB MossLAB project several
months ago and began to imagine ways that it could be utilized by their
students across the country. As of early this month
Marion and IHAD have been working hard to build a curriculum that can be used
at schools in over fifteen states. The MLAB MossLab project was presented to
the IHAD affiliates at this month’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia, during
which Marion introduced MLAB's history and how it will be designed and used in
the not so distant future. First, Marion introduced IHAD to our dear subject,
We handed out small moss samples to groups of two and had them write an illustration of what they saw.
After finishing writing , they placed their sample on the table and handed their description card to another group who was instructed to find that sample based on the descriptive illustration they had been handed.
The results were amazing. Many of the groups were able to find their match and the descriptive writing exhibited both poetic musings and clinical observation. It was easy to see how this simple exercise increased our sensitivity to the subject and ways of looking closely. Many were inspired enough to start drawing the samples and a few even spent our break looking for moss outside the conference hall that day.