We have initiated a Composting Program at an Elementary School of the Los Angeles School District. The students were very excited about composting, and we spoke to them about being responsible consumers by thinking about what happens to the waste once it disappears into a trash can. But we were pleasantly surprised to learn how much they already knew! As the Roman philosopher Seneca once said "While we teach, we learn".
Students are at the cynosure of a successful composting program, and it is important to encourage them to feel ownership of the program. With this in mind, in our interactive session, we discussed about how the things we use on a daily basis impacts the environment. We taught them concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The children were also involved in the logistical aspect and putting up posters. It was amazing to see their excitement to put together the composting bins. They worked like a team of efficient engineers on a mission!
We at Hope B~Lit created some awesome stuff in order to prep for this program (every once-in-a-while, we love bragging!) We customized compost bins (we'll share a post on "the making" soon) and created original composting posters for the Elementary school students. We are extremely happy with the results because they look so good - our team of inspired and dedicated artists made this possible!
No act of kindness and generosity is ever forgotten. We are grateful to the company who printed the posters for us at no cost. All for a good cause! And they inspired us to share our original posters and the making of the bins with anyone who would like to initiate a composting program - anywhere. For sharing never goes out of style!
While we've been 'quiet' on the social media scene for a while, we've been making waves in the 'real world' by bringing about a positive change - one child at a time.
Recently, we conducted our Values Workshop (with a twist - or two!) with a group of children between 8 and 16 years in Los Angeles. This was the first time we incorporated ALL the Core Values of Love, Peace, Non-Violence, Right Conduct and Truth with our very own SONG and MUSIC in the workshop. Yes, kids (and us alike!) happily singing and learning our way to 'goodness'. Another first for us was that we adults took a backseat for this workshop and let 13-year old Divya coach the little ones. She made it real simple too. She shared stories on each of the values and encouraged others to do the same.
The results were amazing! The experiences shared were richer, more open and honest. We were overwhelmed to see the wealth of wisdom in the kids - coaching each other, suggesting ideas to deal with difficult situations faced by them, and just opening their hearts wide to share and learn.
Perhaps if we adults learn a thing or two from children, there would be no borders and no wars. For them, it really is all about LOVE...Plain and simple.