A SMALL SCHOOL IS A MODEL FOR A NEW KIND OF NATIONAL MOVEMENT
CHARLESTON, WV (JUNE 16, 2022). Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. ™ (“Thanks!”), a nonprofit organization has been awarded a grant by the West Virginia Humanities Council to name a school room “The Rosie the Riveter Room” in Gilmer County, West Virginia. The project will be a model for other schools to follow throughout America.
Michael Kindred, President of “Thanks!” and a life-long educator says, “This grass-roots project is typical of work we are doing to launch the American Rosie Movement™, which is a new and needed effort to unify Americans. Instead of blaming each other, we create ways for people to work together across America as well as in their communities.”
Marissa Fox, leader of Girl Scout Troop 32394 in Glenville says, “Our girl scouts and many local people and groups are proud to be a model that other communities will follow. The project will take six months because we are going way beyond a ceremony to name a school room. We are getting our community, national leaders, communications experts, and others to do the quality work that meets the standards of a Model Rosie Project. We inform people by engaging them in lasting work. Youth are teaching adults as well as the reverse.”
Kindred continues, “Over 14 years we have created and proven at least 20 different projects that can be replicated or added to in many places by many kinds of people. Projects we’ve accomplished include original music, a park, art, and naming a government building for Rosies. We work closely with Rosies to represent what they want to be known for – it’s not making implements of war, but pulling together to defend and keep our freedom. Rosies pulled together during the war – despite changes in society since then, we can do it again. In short, Rosies worked for us to have the freedom we need to find ways to pull together today. We can’t forget them or their legacy.
“By Thanksgiving, we plan to have named a school room for Rosies and to identify other schools in America who will follow Glenville’s lead. Our major goal is for leaders and communities to be better informed and engaged in Rosie projects that unify us all.”
This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ special initiative, A More Perfect Union, through the West Virginia Humanities Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.