BE THE CHANGE is a multi-media assembly program that brings to life over a dozen letters written by young people to their heroes throughout history, the responses they received, and their powerful impact on society. Among the many letters in this program, Stan Lee makes good on a decades-old promise, a 9-year-old hoopster consults NBA superstar Steph Curry on his shoe empire, a teenaged Tom Hanks tries to get "discovered", and an 11-year-old girl tells Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard.
An inspiring addition to any ELA, Social Studies, History, or Humanities curriculum, this diverse and inclusive presentation is a powerful reminder that writing one single letter can truly change the world.
Available as an in-person or virtual presentation.
"Be The Change" Trailer - a Middle School Assembly Program
EDUCATOR RESOURCE GUIDE
Synopsis of each letter and why it was written.
Brief history of letter writing and its continued impact.
Breakdown of different kinds of letters that can be written.
Historical overview of the U.S. Postal Service.
In-depth study guide to the BE THE CHANGE video.
Detailed workshop in which students will be guided to write a handwritten letter to their “hero”, in the hopes of affecting change.
Teacher-guided session where students can read their finished “letters aloud” in class.
BE THE CHANGE is aligned with Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, as well as state standards in performing arts. We cover topics involving civil rights, LGBTQ issues, racial profiling, teenage depression, perseverance, following your bliss, and how to get a certain beloved U.S. President to grow out his beard.
Prior to show: one 60-minute zoom rehearsal with preselected student and faculty readers.
Day of show: A 45-minute multi-media presentation hosted by Letters Aloud founder/curator Paul Stetler.
$850 for a single presentation
$250 per added presentation
What Teachers Have to Say
"It was great to have student leaders reading some of the letters and the slideshow, videos and music were great!"