Remember playing with the noodles in your alphabet soup? Ever drop your kid off at Montessori preschool and end up sharing a moment drawing letters in the alphabet sand tray? I don’t know about you, but there’s something irresistible to me about those shapes.
So my heart leapt a little when I ran across a charity that’s all about the visual joy of the alphabet. Here’s how it works. The first ever human alphabet is being photographed around the world, one letter at a time. 490 kids came together and formed a humongous A on a beach outside of Cape Town, South Africa. In Namibia, a B was formed by 500 children standing in the desert sands. C is to be found in a Sweden canola field, D is in a German valley in the Alps. And so on. So far the photographers and their young subjects have completed through the letter G. More to come.
The next step in the project will be bringing the photos to people like me who love the alphabet. And then donating 100% of the proceeds to charities that invest in children’s education. Wow! This is so great!
You can check out A-G at ABC Charity. I’ll be checking back when the photos are ready for sale.