Last week, 245 students in grades 3-5 sat on a gym floor to watch REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet. and hear me talk. This screening was especially rewarding, as it was the first time that I screened my film at one of the schools in my hometown of Norwell, MA. I was really impressed by the level of questions that I got asked by these elementary school students. It assured me that they left with a new grasp on solutions to our waste problem.
After I screened my film for the older students, I did a talk with the 200+ students in grades K-2. I knew that a lot of the film would be over their head, so I did a short talk, we watched a few clips and then we did a “Reuse Sticker Workshop.”
A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me a few thousand brand new “day” stickers that were being thrown away. I’ve used them for all sorts of things, but this workshop was certainly the most fun. The kids had so much fun making their own custom stickers and were putting them on their notebooks, their shirts, but fortunately, they did listen to my request and didn’t out any on the gym floor.
This was the first time I’ve done a split like that with different grades and it went smoothly. It’ll definitely be a new option for me. Reuse education can be pretty dang fun.