Today's guest blogger is Kimberly Huynh, an AmeriCorps Member at PS 206 in East Harlem.

Exciting things are brewing at PS/MS 206, a 3rd through 8th grade public school located in East Harlem. In the after school program Schools Out New York City (SONYC), Dumbledore’s Army has emerged as an exciting new addition to the enrichment clubs offered. What is Dumbledore’s Army, you may ask? Many students wondered the same thing as they scanned across it in their club preference survey. As the student interest came pouring in, only a select few had the honor of receiving their Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.

Enter the magical world of Hogwarts through Platform 9 ¾! As the first day of Hogwarts approached, the students were ecstatic. One of the most important things a wizard can have in their arsenal is their wand. Students created unique wands with a few household items: wooden chopsticks, hot glue gun, acrylic paint, and sealant spray. Each wand was carefully designed and its unique style speaks volumes about the wizard. Remember, the wand chooses the wizard.

Now it was time to test out these wands. Students were given the opportunity to “battle” each other by creating their own spells that cast whatever their creative minds could imagine! Alongside, students learned various spells used in both the movie and the book: Wingardium Leviosa, Lumos, Expelliarmus, to name a few. They learned that each spell is derived from a latin root word -- the students would be able to tell you that, in Wingardium Leviosa, the latin word levis means light (in weight) thus, Wingardium Leviosa makes things lighter in weight and easily moveable. This is just one of the many ELA components that were added to make this club what it is: fun and academically enriching.


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