Help me give my students reusable water bottles with ID tags. The water bottles will replace some of the disposable bottles we use, which amount to an environmental disaster and is not teaching students to conserve resources.
Diversity and harmony are the norms at our school. Most children are from first and second-generation immigrant families. About half are Southeast Asian, mostly Cambodian, and around 20% are of Hispanic origin from a diversity of countries. We also have a significant and growing population of families from Africa. Many students are of mixed ethnicity. Yet students form friendships across ethnic groups and show generosity towards each other. Almost all of our students live in poverty; yet, they recognize the privilege of living in this country and many aspire to go to college or have careers in a trade. They come back to visit years later, and it is always gratifying to know they are succeeding and making their families proud.
I believe that we can do a better job of teaching students to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," despite the fact that we are experiencing a pandemic. It will help teach them to make healthy choices, and the importance of staying hydrated by having a healthy drink they can cool, instead of sugary drinks.
I hope to teach students that they can make environmentally friendly choices and that it is a habit they can develop.
We teach about environmental issues, but we continually serve them meals and drinks using single-use plastic. When do we start teaching by actions, and not words?
This is an experiment. I will start with 60 students who will demonstrate their willingness through writing or art. They will be able to share their experience (in changing a habit and using reusable bottles) with other students. I hope it grows from there.
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