Last week at Satit Kaset we had our first trash cleanup!
My IP 3 (third grade) students could not contain their excitement; they were eager to head out on the campus with their trash bags and baseball caps!
Satit Kaset, the school I work at, is nestled inside Kasetsart University – one of the major universities here in Bangkok. After lunch, we left our hub and set off around the campus!
Their trash bags fluttered about while they scurried along our designated route.
These kids were troopers! They searched in the crevices of tree roots for cigarette butts and in the nookies and crannies of sidewalks and patches of grass. We found plates, old shoes, and even a broom!
It was a delightful afternoon, and it was inspiring and refreshing to have fun with my students outside the classroom during our community service extravaganza.
As a teacher, it is my duty to support my students unconditionally, and embrace who they are in this moment. They are not just the future- they are here now as leaders, fighters, community service extrordinares. And even if they only picked up trash in one continent, in one country, in one city, on one campus, they did just help to make our world a little bit more beautiful.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” -Stacia Tauscher