Acclaimed artist Judy Gelles interviewed and photographed over 300 fourth graders from around the world. She asked each student three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Their varied stories touch on the human condition and urgent social issues. Our goal is to create a digital, interactive curriculum for educators around the world.
I speak Zulu and English. My father is a policeman and carries a gun. Our house has a wall around it with electrical wire. My wish is that everybody stop fighting with each other; at home, at school, and in the world. I am scared that one day I will be murdered.
For more information on how to pilot the Fourth Grade Project curriculum at your school, please contact Judy Gelles.
In such trying times, seeing such a project that looks to span across socioeconomic, racial, religious, and other backgrounds from a Fourth Grade perspective, is just incredible. This makes the project a necessary work in our society. Fourth Grade Teacher, Las Vegas, NV
I live with my mom, dad, brother and nanny. I was born in Pakistan. My dad is engineer and my mom is a plastic surgeon. I speak Urda, English, Spanish and French. I am the best runner in my class. My wish is to beat Usain Bolt. I worry about friends leaving and never seeing them again. In Dubai, you can't stay forever unless you were born in Dubai.