“Our booth contained information for participants and food for monarchs,” explained teacher Kelly Shields. “Using biodegradable clear balloons filled with floating, fluffy milkweed seeds, visitors to our booth were asked to take the balloons home and to pop the balloons in their neighborhoods to plant the milkweed, thus increasing habitat for the threatened species and, importantly, giving citizens a sense of ownership over the problem.”
Students also designed, produced and sold awareness buttons. With the proceeds, they installed a pollinator garden with perennial plants in the school’s courtyard and donated $100 to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
“We hope our efforts and contribution will help in pollinator conservation,” Shields said.
The project allowed students to use their digital design skills to raise awareness about a larger environmental issue.
“Supporting our world’s pollinators is very important to our earth, economy and survival; that is why this was such a good cause to support with a team. Because it was a relatable cause to all of us, we were all passionate and had a great time working together for the cause,” said student Bridget Davis. “Design has always been an interest of mine. … I had never used my skills to impact or support a cause. This service taught me how something I love doing can become something that makes a positive change in the world.”
“Through this experience, I learned that it is possible to contribute not only time and money, but also specific talents to help the natural world,” said classmate Jillian Krynock. “There is a lot that can be done with some creativity in the world. It can be used to spread information, catch someone’s eye, and make a change. What we did not only affected us in the class but spread to the community and even a national organization. The work we did will have a lasting impact.”
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