The students at Washington Middle School in Meriden, Connecticut partnered with Green Envy to help support disadvantaged artisans in West Africa as well as children in Asia. Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher Christopher Langlois teaches his students about the hardships faced by children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has them read "I Am Malala". This year many of the students were moved by reading this book and learning about what children their age go through in other countries. One student, Elizabeth (on left, in green) came up with an idea to sell items at school to benefit children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She enlisted the help of Madison, Lily, and Zari as well.
Mr. Langlois contacted Green Envy to purchase a bulk amount of Recycled Flip Flop Bracelets for the students to sell at study hall, lunch waves, and after school events. The Recycled Flip Flop Bracelets are made in Mali, West Africa by disadvantaged women. The proceeds of these bracelets provide the women with a sustainable income.
The students took their job very seriously. They made posters and created advertising to be broadcast on the televised morning and afternoon announcements. Mr. Langlois says "It was a terrific geographic learning activity, where we were also able to benefit a women's cooperative in West Africa as well as help educational and healthcare efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
The students sold out of bracelets and raised $225.00 of profit, all of which is going to the Afghan Institute of Learning who rebuilds Afghan and Pakistani schools that were destroyed by the Taliban. It was such a positive experience that "I'll probably do it again next year!" says Mr. Langlois.