John Mills students, staff and parents packed the school gym on Friday, Oct. 27, to watch the screening of a special video — a video that starred the John Mills community itself.
The video, titled "All Kinds of Kinds 2017," was produced as part of District 401's "All Kinds of Kinds" project. Students and staff from Elmwood Elementary School also took part in the project with their own multimedia contributions.
PHOTO: This collage is a sample of the photos on display at John Mills as part of the "All Kinds of Kinds" project. Photos by Ms. Jessica Iovinelli, collage by Dave Porreca (click for larger view).
What Is "All Kinds of Kinds"?
Inspired by North Park (N.Y.) Junior High School's project of the same name, "All Kinds of Kinds" supports the District's belief in the importance of Social and Emotional Learning and the value of celebrating diversity, respecting people's differences and promoting pride among our students.
The John Mills and Elmwood communities participated by completing an activity and lesson in which their students and staff determined what "Kind of Kind" they were. They prepared signs declaring their "kind," which they displayed in still photos. Each school also made a video illustrating the different kinds found within their communities.
The videos featured Miranda Lambert's "All Kinds of Kind" song as the soundtrack. D401 Instructional Technology Coordinator Ms. Jessica Iovinelli worked with both schools to produce the videos and take the photos.
Each school's photos were then put on display at their respective buildings. According to Ms. Iovinelli, the photos allow "staff, students and visitors to see the diversity in the buildings, appreciate the uniqueness of others, find people that may be similar to their own kind and learn a little bit about each person in the schools."
Schoolwide assemblies capped off the project with video screenings at each school —John Mills on Oct. 27 and Elmwood on Oct. 31.
Where to Find the John Mills Video and Photo Galleries
To watch the video and view the photo galleries that make up the John Mills contributions to "All Kinds of Kinds," please visit the links below.
The John Mills video was produced by Ms. Jessica Iovinelli, D401 instructional technology coordinator, who also took the photos. The online photo galleries were prepared by Mr. Dave Porreca, D401 web/media specialist. Thanks to everyone who participated in this project!