Positively Rolling Curriculum
Positively Rolling is a program established as an elective aimed at middle-school aged boys. The program is highly adaptable to any age and gender, but initially created for this demographic in response to recent teenage suicides in the Truckee, CA area. The program focuses on leadership through creativity.
Themes encompassing substance of character are discussed and rendered via art (painting and drawing) on skateboards. Introducing and focusing on these themes attempts to instigate and encourage openness, communication, creativity, and healthy relationships between students, their peers, and members of the community.
Encouraging openness and lines of communication is the goal of forging alliances amongst peers, classmates, and community members outside the classroom. Should problems arise in students’ lives – established friendships lend to likely discussions regarding problems and the difficulties of life.
Adult volunteers and program leaders are positive male role models within our community: an artist, and a sports producer. These men guide the topic, provide feedback and share their own insight.
Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and understandings of the topics by representing them visually on their “canvases”- in this case skateboards. They are encouraged to do this in whatever manner they wish.