Instilling in my children some of the values I believe in, while spending quality time with them is a total win-win situation. Which is what I was lucky to do last Saturday. Darling Daughter’s class had scheduled a Bottle Drive for the Me to We fundraising project to build a school in Ecuador.
Being well organized, the teenagers had the previous week, distributed small flyers explaining their intent. The first few houses were a bit intimidating, but little by little they gained confidence. Knocking on doors, asking if any bottles had been set aside turned out to be easy and most people had already gathered bottles so before they knew it, they were all real pros…
Knowing that what we were doing was helpful both for the environment and for other children, gave us plenty of energy. It was a real pleasure to see everyone hard at work. Smiling, working together, joking and having fun. It got me thinking that involving our youth in such activities, is instrumental to raise caring and conscious citizens of the world.
Sorting the bottles and making sure they got all the quantities right, was also part of the job. They took turn at the sorting station, so almost everyone got to be involved in all the different aspects of this project. It was a way to keep their energy up. At the end of the day I could sense the pride in their accomplishment. I was proud of them too 🙂