Next, students broke up into small groups with a teacher. They were asked to share what they thought Ruby was feeling at the moment. Then they were asked to put themselves in Ruby’s shoes and think about how they would feel if they were Ruby. Students shared that they would feel sad, lonely, scared, or angry. Some shared that maybe Ruby was hoping that people would change their minds and hearts.
The following week, they finished the story and shared some of the historic details about Ruby’s life and what it was like after that first year of desegregation. They once again worked in small groups with teachers, thinking about what they would have done to stand up with Ruby Bridges. Students shared ideas such as walking into school with her, holding her hand, telling the people that were being mean and they were wrong, telling people that everyone should be treated nicely, and being Ruby’s friend.
In the final step of the project, the library’s green screen was used with a green screen App called "Do Ink" to take a picture of each student standing in the historic picture with Ruby. Students then attached their picture to a poster and shared how they would stand up with Ruby Bridges.
The Junior Kindergarten students are happy to share their thoughts and ideas on how they would have stood up for Ruby Bridges with the Francis W Parker Community. A gallery of all the JK students' pictures is currently on display in the hallway outside the library.