Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors: A Program about Diversity for Grades 4-5

Taking It Home: Lean On Me

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you. — Althea Gibson, 20th-century African American tennis champion


We reflected on our willingness to support people we care about whether they are our family or friends. Sometimes, we sacrifice our time and comfort to support others. The group heard the story of Khadija, the first wife of the prophet Mohamed; Khadija is considered the first convert to Islam. Mohamed was afraid of the revelation he received to bring Islam to the world. Khadija stood by him and helped convince him that Allah was good and would not lead him astray.


What it means to be a supporter to a family member or friend. Talk about a time in your family when someone needed support. As a caregiver, was there an opportunity to advocate for your child in relation to school? As a child, was there an opportunity for you to advocate for another member of your family? Has anyone in your family shared a doubt in themselves, and has another family member helped restore their self-confidence?


Consider a family friend or a member of your extended family who could use support. Is there a person who has been having difficulty? Does someone need support because they have adopted or given birth to a new child? Consider ways your family can offer assistance, perhaps plan to bring over a meal that you all make together.


As a family, look through the local newspaper and find a cause that you believe in. Is there an opportunity to support equal marriage rights? An animal shelter? Environmental action programs in your area? Choose one or more cause to support and make a plan as a family to take action.