Inspirational People Who Have ⚡Sparked ⚡ Change!

Who are the change-makers we look up to? What are the changes these inspirational people have sparked in the world? Orange Banders dug deep into their stores of history and knowledge and identified an individual who has sparked change in the world to research and celebrate. Using the artwork of Kehinde Wiley as a model, kiddos created mixed media collage portraits of their Change-Maker to accompany a write up. ⚡


Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is considered one of the most important  scientist of the 1900’s . Einstein was born on Friday, March 14th, 1879 and grew up in Germany. He went  to the school Luitpold Gymnasium, although he did not like school because his teachers would not let him think and daydream. Later on in his life he said after he got married he famously said, “My first love is thinking.” and that never changed.   Albert Einstein is known for helping explain how gravity works and how the planets move around the sun. albert got sick on Sunday, April 17th, 1955 with abdominal aortic aneurysm. Einstein refused any treatment. “I want to go when I want, I have done my share and it is time to go,” said Einstein. He died the next morning, Monday, April 18th, 1955 at age 76. I choose Albert Einstein as my person who sparked change because he was an amazing scientist.

By Lola Pizzato-Smith


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was an army general and a really awesome guy I like. Without him we would have not won World War II and we would have lost the space race. He was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas and went to West Point Army Academy  and then GRADUATED. He was the 34th president of the U.S. and said, “don’t join the book burners.” He was referring to the Nazis who ravaged Europe from 1939 to 1945. Their leader was Adolf Hitler who was alive from 1898-1945. Dwight D  was the supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe and his GIs captured Wernher Von Braun who was a German who made a big Nazi terror weapon that killed a lot of people. This weapon was also called a wonder weapon by Hitler it was actually called V2 rocket. This was the first rocket to actually go past the stratosphere. Dwight D created NASA (National Space and Aeronautics Agency.) NASA used Wernher Von Braun’s knowledge of sending things to space to make the Saturn 5 – the spaceship that sent the US to the moon. Dwight D did get to see the success of NASA but from a hospital bed because of heart failure. He died on March 28, 1969, the same year Saturn 5 was actually launched. I think he is important because without him we wouldn’t have won World War II or the Space Race.

By Emilio Demartines


Michael Faraday

The history of Michael Faraday: he was born on 22/September/1791 in south London. In 1812 faraday sent a note to Humphry Davy, a famous scientist at the royal institution to be an assistant for Davy. sadly Davy turned him down but in 1813 he got a job as chemical assistant. A year later he was allowed to go on a trip with Davy and his wife on a European tour to France, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium meeting influential scientists. Michael faraday returned in 1815 and Faraday still worked at the royal institution helping other scientists with their experiments. Some years later in 1831 michael faraday made a groundbreaking discovery! He made a electromagnet motor showing the elements of electromagnetism. in the 1840s faraday’s health began to deplete. He saferd with memory loss and he began to not do as much working. He died on august/25/1867 at Hampton court. I love michael faraday because my school is having a spark ark and michael faraday was a electromagnetic scientist. I also love the way he worked and I love how he sparked change.

From the creator of this paragraph about Michael Faraday,

Devlin Diehl Hefti.


Supreme Court Hero

Maybe a necklace is just a necklace. Maybe a necklace is an awesome necklace. Maybe your necklace is a wedding gift. But for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her necklace is a message. A lesson. A fortune.

Joan Ruth Bader was born on March, 15 1933. She had kicked A LOT, so her older sister nicknamed her Kiki. Her first name, Joan, seemed very ordinary for the 1930’s, so they started calling her by her middle name. She was just like any other ordinary baby. One day, after she turned one, going close on 2, her older sister died.

When she turned 17, at cornell university, she met martin david ginsburg, who’s room neighbored her’s. They got married in 1954. Her mother gave ruth bader good advice. “it sometimes helps to be a little deaf.” They moved to oklahoma. There, ruth’s husband went into war after ROTC. One day, she was taking a chemistry test at cornell university. because he was uncertain about her ability, her instructor said, “i’ll give you a practice exam.” So the next day the test was the practice exam, and she knew what he wanted in return.

She had her first child when she was 21, and was working in the social security office, but got demoted that job, for being a mother. Ruth and her husband went together to Harvard law school. At Harvard the law school dean tried to embarrass her once, by asking her, in front of other students, how she could “’justify’ taking a spot from a qualified man?” She was embarrassed, but said “my husband is a 2nd year law student, and it’s important to understand my husband’s work.”
She made the law review at Harvard, and transferred to columbia when her husband got a job in new york. She made the law review there too. Ruth graduated near the top of her law school class, but tried hard to get a job, largely due to sextual discrimination.

Ruth bader ginsburg got paid less for being married. Sadly, she lost her husband in 2010.

The end.

By Nolan McCormick


Mohandas Gandhi

I’m talking about Gandhi. He was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. And Gandhi died January 30, 1948 in New Delhi, India. He best known for organizing non-violent civil rights protests. He was the 1930 Time Magazine Man of the Year. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize 5 times.Gandhi sparked change because He Helped made India not part of the UK. I chose Gandhi because I watched a movie about him and he seems like a really good guy

By Solin Visci


I.N.

Warning! This is about Isaac Newton who stood on the shoulders of …

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643. He went to school in England. One of his quotes is: “If i have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants”. He is trying to say that he understood a lot of things because he built off the ideas of the scientists before him. When he was in his garden he saw an apple fall to the ground. Later he wondered if it was the tree or gravity that made the apple fall. In 1687 newton published the laws of gravitation. Isaac helped understand gravity. Gravity is the force that pulls things down.  There are laws of motion named after him. Say you kick a ball. the same force you put on the ball came from your foot. He died in 1727 at age 83. I choose Isaac because I was curious about him.

By Reyahn Bantia



Steve Martin

August 14, 1945 was when Steve was born and this is the start of Steve Martin’s short story. He was important because he made everyone laugh and now let’s begin. Steve was born in Waco Texas. He did not know a lot of comedy yet! His first job was at Disneyland. That’s how he got gigs. Also that was how he knew the lasso in the 3 Amigos. That is one of his famous films. After that he was a Smothers Brother and he won the Dating Game. After that hole jerney he was a comedian and actor. He made everyone laugh even the people who never laughed before! That’s a short story of Steve Martin

This is a quote from Steve Martin himself:

I’m tired of wasting letters when punctuation will do, period.

I chose this because I wanted to show you how funny he was, period.

By Arlo Montesano