For our 5th IB Exhibition project, we decided to focus on racism because it is still a big problem and we noticed that many people are being treated badly by others because of their race. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw that a lot of Asian people were being targeted and blamed for the pandemic and being treated badly. We also saw other racist actions taking place that was hurting or even killing people of color. We decided we needed to take action. Our idea is to promote anti-racist thinking by creating lawn signs for people to put up. Our message is “Don’t just look, act, against racism” because we feel it helps to tell others that if racism needs to be stopped you have to act or else racism or racist behavior wouldn’t stop or be lessened. We hope our lawn signs will be the most effective way to get our message seen by many people and that this will help others spread the idea or mindset of standing up and acting against racism.
$5 from every sign sold will go to our school’s PTA. Our school’s PTA supports all of the students at our school and works hard to make sure everyone at Farmdale feels safe and welcome. For example, last year, our PTA organized a No Bullying Pledge Day where they invited all students to take a pledge to “Say no to bullying”.
This year, when we told our PTA about what we were doing with the lawn sign sale and that we wanted the money raised to go to them, they asked us how we wanted the money raised from the lawn sign sales, to be used to promote our message. We are currently working with them on coming up with the best plan to get our message out to the most people and make it meaningful. We know that our school PTA will continue to work on promoting our message even after we leave Farmdale. This is why we chose to have the money raised, go to them.