Green Wish, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, committed to helping local green organizations fund projects for their communities, has developed a Call to Action for students to become engaged citizens.
EEK-O-HALLOWEEN, a youth driven, grassroots initiative, is one of the ways that Green Wish supports the important work of local environmental nonprofits carefully vetted by environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., and the Green Wish board. Concentrating on the quality of our air, water, food, green spaces and education for sustainability that make up our city, EEK-O-HALLOWEEN is an opportunity for students to understand what is happening right around them, and then to extend that understanding beyond Halloween throughout the entire year.
By engaging with the community, youth actively take part in supporting local efforts while learning about environmental challenges in their backyard. Green Wish provides eco-friendly boxes; students write their “green wish” on their collection containers, and on Halloween, they collect donations from their neighborhood. Green Wish sends collected funds (ninety cents on the dollar), to local, green projects to help protect our planet and improve the California environment.
At no cost, Green Wish can connect you to local green organizations, giving you direct access to experts in the field, help you enrich your curriculum, offer speakers (including Ed Begley, Jr.!) on environmental topics, schedule field trips and presentations from eco-friendly organizations, and provide a unique springboard for service learning.
As a consultant who sees youth as community stakeholders, I work to empower and engage young people to create solutions in their communities. Working with a number of organizations, I’ve come to learn that Green Wish understands service learning and is committed to creating opportunities for young people to make an impact. A teacher for over a decade and the Sustainability Coordinator at the school I taught, I personally piloted this program and saw the impact in my classroom. My students excitedly embraced the concept and eagerly shared their green wishes with the school community. It was a natural connection to my science curriculum, with entry points extending to Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Art. My personal passion led to contacting Green Wish founder Raphael Sbarge.
There is so much that needs to be done to care for the Earth. This is a way to transform a holiday known for candy and costumes to one that authentically engages young learners and helps support green organizations in your community.
If you are interested, contact ECSL Advisor Kim Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.