Green Guardians, Young Schoolchildren Saving Planet Earth
Since 2009, Mindbuilders Preschool has been engaging its graduating students, the Chopin Seniors, in a social responsibility project that would make a positive impact on the community. Through the project, the children make use of their multiple intelligence and learn to work together collaboratively to achieve a goal and make a difference. They function as a business unit would, mobilized into different departments such as sales, marketing, promotions, purchasing, and so on.
This school year, the Chopin Seniors’ project was entitled Green Guardians. Under the mentorship of their teachers and parents as resource persons, the Kindergarten students planned and organized a fun run to raise funds for their chosen beneficiary, the Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).
In October, the children went on an eco-tour of the nature reserve. There, they saw a contrast between the beauty brought about by the trees and birds, and the destruction made by the garbage that made its way to the coastal area. The Chopin Seniors also learned about waste/resource management, and how they can practice this to help the environment.
As all Chopin Projects go, the Kindergarten students were organized into a business unit, with the children assigned to groups where their strengths could be tapped. Teacher and parents were also involved to mentor the students in logo development, event preparation, purchasing of materials, packaging, distribution, advertising and promotions.
The Fun Run was held on November 25 at The Village Sports Club. The funds raised here were used to purchase photography equipment requested by LPPCHEA for documentation of their environmental cleanup activities. A formal turnover to the beneficiary by the Chopin Seniors was held at the reserve on January 21, 2019.
Another activity in school that was spearheaded by the Chopin Seniors was a plastic collection drive during the first quarter of 2019. This was done in partnership with Pure Oceans, an organization that brings residual plastics to an upcycling plant which converts these into 100% upcycled plastic products such as school chairs. Mindbuilders Preschool families were encouraged to send used PET bottles, clear microwavable containers, food/candy wrappers, etc. to school. These materials were turned over to Pure Oceans in March.
The school foresees Green Guardians to be a long-term project by keeping its partnership with Pure Oceans, and making the collection and turnover of plastic a regular practice to be done on a quarterly basis. It will continue to encourage families to adhere to lifestyle changes for the betterment of the environment, and for the future of mankind and Mother Earth.
“It is very reassuring to see our children, young as they are, making a proactive stand for the environment. They are not only calling out the concern but are also giving solutions to help address this pressing matter which is so relevant in our country and in the world today.” Teacher Marah Estuesta, Directress of Mindbuilders says.
Mindbuilders Preschool is a Multiple Intelligence school located at 168 Tropical Avenue BF International Las Piñas City. It was established in 2002 and is accredited by the Department of Education. The preschool is also an active member of the Las Pinas Private Schools Association. To date, Mindbuilders Preschool established itself with not only good quality education but also worked with its students on several social responsibility projects. The schools prides itself in having strong home and school collaboration. The bond built with families is even carried beyond the child’s preschool years – evidence that Mindbuilders Preschool is more than just a learning institution.