Literary Citizenship isn’t just about books. It’s the creative community at large around you and learning how to use that community effectively.
Caine’s Arcade is a short film about a boy who spent his summer making an arcade in his father’s used auto parts store. You can view it here on Vimeo: Caine’s Arcade.
We’ve all seen kids do amazing things. I grew up in the age of the lemonade stand and the Beanie Baby palace (which was just our swing set but whatever). Kids did, and still do, amazing things every single day and through social media we have the ability to spread those ideas and make them known to the entire world.
Caine’s Arcade became famous through Reddit and Facebook. An entire community came out to support this little boy’s idea and his ingenuity and it brought an entire neighborhood together. A scholarship fund has been set up for Caine and all donations are being matched by the foundation. Donate or check out the website here.
The movie sparked a movement that led to the founding of the Imagination Foundation. Their goals focus on creating a community the values creativity as much as any other skill and instilling a sense of ‘social entrepreneurship’ into kids from a young age.
So the next time you see a kid do something amazing, foster it, encourage them, don’t limit them, and spread the word.