This is a great example of Daniel Pink’s aptitude of Meaning from A Whole New Mind.
Students in Guatemala collected plastic water bottles and built themselves a new school. The project was was initiated by Laura Kutner, a Peace Corps volunteer.
Bottles were collected, stuffed with plastic bags for reinforcement, and then made into “bricks” by using chicken wire. A thin layer of cement was applied over the exterior and then painted. (photos)
With all of the doom and gloom facing school financing, it was uplifting to see a creative solution that addressed financial shortfalls and the quality of life. Students got a new school for a fraction of the cost, and their village was cleared of trash. Plus, students did so well at collecting bottles that they had to visit neighboring villages in order to gather enough material to finish.
Even though I may never be able to put together a project of such magnitude, it made me think of the power of school-wide service projects. Any time learning can include meaning, students are motivated and teachers get an extra “feel good” moment. What else could you ask for?
An incredible project that’s definitely worth the time to read about.Share