Children visit Carlos Museum
to dream and travel
on a map of Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Pichu, and surrounded by
ceremonial pottery and carved wooden animals, two dozen Atlanta
schoolchildren sit cross-legged in the Michael C. Carlos Museums
Ancient American gallery, listening to Museum Director Bonnie
Speed read from The Great Kapok Tree (below).
have seen the ways of man. He chops down one tree, then another
. . . there will be nothing left to hold the world in place.
in the classical art section amid Greek and Roman statues, Vice
President and Secretary of the University Gary Hauk told a tale
of lightning bolts and a god named Zeus.
of the Gods lived on a very high mountain in Greece called Olympus.
Have you heard of the Olympics? Hauk asked his young audience.
October, about two-hundred preschoolers, kindergartners, and
first-graders took part in Around the World With Deans
and Directors, sponsored by Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
and Atlanta Public Schools Head Start program and organized
by Elizabeth Hornor, director of education programs at the museum.
really good therapy for the deans and administrators because
theyve got a tough job. Dealing with four- and five-year-olds
has to be easier than dealing with faculty, joked Associate
Professor of Medicine Neil Shulman, who initiated the event.
Also, this provides a connection between Emory and the
city; theres such a divide there, and nobody wants it
to be that way. Its just a matter of a little initial
effort. Im sure this will continue as an Emory tradition.
told the children she hopes that they will continue to explore
the world through books and art and to visit museums,
places to dream and travel.M.J.L.