21 Wishes for 2021
This theme chronicles 21 wishes made for the world of 2021 by 8 and 9 year old children from Roots of Empathy programs. We are humbled by their insights, their empathy, and their hopeful generous spirits. Children sitting in the classrooms of today are the citizens, the leaders, and the parents of tomorrow.
Sofia has drawn a picture in two parts. The first part shows a market where there are fruits and vegetables for sale. A sign says, “Sale on healthy food”. The second part shows a volunteer collecting money for a hospital. A donation kettle has a sign that reads, “Donate to hospital”. A volunteer rings a bell. On a small table is a Christmas tree. Sofia writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 is that people stop getting COVID-19 and get good food”.
Lyndsie has drawn a picture of the world with an equal sign on it. Beside it, she has drawn three people who must stand far apart to avoid catching COVID-19 from each other. Over them, a red X has been placed. Lyndsie writes her wish: My hope for the world in 2021 is that COVID ends. I also hope that the world is equal and fair to everyone.
Carly has drawn a picture of a polluted pond. There are people observing the trash, and another group declares they are going to go help clean up the pond. Carly writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 is for people to take care of our planet. My hope for the world in 2021 is for people to be happy”.
Kassandra in grade 4 has drawn a picture of her mom picking her up to go visit her brothers. She writes, “I’m giving him a piggy back ride” and has a picture of her holding her younger brother. In another drawing, she is holding her brother and writes, “I’m holding my youngest bro”. In another drawing, Kassandra has drawn her older cousins holding her hand. Kassandra is in the middle and they swing her. She writes, “They are swinging me”. Kassandra writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 is for COVID-19 to stop so I can see my mom, brothers, and cousins”.
Logan has drawn a picture of a coronavirus spore with an angry face. Over the coronavirus, Logan has drawn a circle with a line through the middle, and has writes, “NO COVID!” Logan writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 is for people to be happy and for people to get along in peace”.
Lily has drawn a photo of people doing activities like skateboarding. Lily writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 (is that we) will have world peace and for humans to be happy doing what they like”.
Lily in grade 4 has drawn a picture of herself with her cousins. They are in a sunny field. Nearby is a circle with a red cross through it. Inside the circle she has written “COVID-19”. Lily writes, “My hope for the world in 2021 is for no more COVID so I can see my cousins and for people to respect diversity”.