By Stephen Martin, Director of Design and Planning
Before Four Freedoms Park opened to the public, the Conservancy established a wonderful partnership with P.S. 10 in Brooklyn, New York. P.S. 10 is an elementary school full of diverse students and teachers. Every year since 2012, fifth grade teacher, Jane Cyphers, teaches her students a unit on Franklin Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms. The lesson culminates with the students typing their first long-form essay and with a class field trip to the Park. This year, the students defined, through their own experiences, one or all of the four freedoms.
As this week marks the 75th Anniversary of the Four Freedoms speech, we wanted to share excerpts of their essays with you. The students define these freedoms in relevant and important ways. Through their thoughtful, fun, and encouraging responses, one can certainly envision the rise of these universal freedoms all across the world.