Congratulations to the Filmmakers for Change, a team of over twenty elementary students from the Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California. The team shot and produced an instructional video to educate 150,000+ residents about the various new locations for hazardous waste and hard-to-recycle materials within the city limits. The students were given special permission by the City of Elk Grove to produce the film, empowering them to rally the community to use the new Special Waste Collection Center to protect their environment. Among their many awards, the team was honored with an award from the Carnegie Corporation. Watch as they tell their story!
The Pay It Forward team at the McDonogh School expanded their reach to include helping students in the community of Srirampuram, India, receive much needed school supplies for special needs students and dictionaries for students and young adults trying to prepare for college. See how the first and fifth grade classes collaborated to make a difference.
The Canal neighborhood in San Rafael, California, has a population of 12,000 - 15,000 residents, and the majority of the population consists of young people. The only field to play on, Pickleweed Park, is closed for 7 months of the year. It is the only park in the area, and there are little to no alternatives to play elsewhere. The Pack Team decided to investigate and advocate for use of the park by working with the local authorities. Their social action project has morphed into an even bigger campaign to renovate the park’s fields to artificial turf.
A team of 6th grade students at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, learned about the importance of recycling batteries instead of throwing them away. The class worked with the city to establish more battery recycling collection stations – and help educate the town’s 150,000+ residents on how to make Elk Grove an even cleaner place to live.
Students from the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School in Los Angeles were concerned that the process to register to vote and become informed on specific ballot measures was too confusing in California. With the help of the Secretary of State, they set out to help get young people excited about the process!
Los Angeles, California
Students from the Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School reached out to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation to try and solve the problem of excess litter in Terrace Park.