After inspiring a flourishing garden at Westridge school, Earth 2 landed in the hands of the Child Educational Center’s School-Age program at St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School.
The children of St. Bede were captivated by the beauty of Earth 2. As it was passed around, they commented on the unique texture and how fun it was to “hold up the world.” Intrigued to hear that there were other globes like ours dispersed across the world, we took time to look up the others and view their journeys on the Carry the Earth website. Curious about the furthest globe from us, the children were fascinated to discover that there was one over 8,000 miles away in Australia.
As we discussed what our Carry the Earth project would be, many exciting ideas came to the surface. The suggestions ranged from doing a community trash pick up to raising money to help the families who had their houses burned in the recent fires here in California. Some of the children even wanted to plant enough food to feed the world and find a way to make all trash disappear. Praising their high ambitions, we all agreed that it would be best to start with some actions a little closer to home. We decided that we could plant some vegetables in the garden and create a recycling center for our classroom.
We did the planting in the next week, and we were able to start recycling the next day. One of the children was so excited to start recycling that she exclaimed, “I have wanted this for so long!” and then looked around the classroom for what she could start to recycle.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this global project and can’t wait to see where Earth 2 will travel next!
As it’s last stop with the Child Educational Center, Earth 2 made its way back to the School-Age Program at Oak Grove in La Canada, CA.