This past weekend, I had the pleasure of volunteering at a monthly event in Chandler called Gangplank Jr.
Gangplank Jr is the youth side of parent organization Gangplank. While many find Gangplank hard to define, I see it as an community space that seeks to break down the barriers dividing businesses and individuals, encouraging real collaboration and education. Gangplank Jr is an extension of that idea, encouraging inspiration and creativity through hands-on activities.
The particular event I participated in had local comic artists and illustrators aiding children in creating their own comic books.
As a former educator, I’ve found that children have had to put away imagination and creativity in order to make room for testing strategies that help them pass those ever-so-precious state tests. The events that Gangplank Jr host are incredibly valuable for the opportunity they offer students to not only learn a new skill, but exercise imaginations that have become dormant.