Last year, a group of second grade students wrote letters. Letters to anyone and everyone that would take the time to read and listen. Urging others to STOP using single use plastic in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
These letters were received by the the school principal, mayor, restaurants, and their school cafeteria food supplier, Sodexo. These kids wanted nothing more than to stop the supply of single use plastic in their community.
One person who received their letters listened and took a step towards a positive change.
The straws were removed from our school cafeteria. This sign was placed where the straws used to be. Eliminating roughly 500 straws a day in their school alone. They were proud. They celebrated. They felt empowered to do more.
This year, the straws returned. The now third graders were devastated and outraged.
These kids are not giving up… since the the straws made a reappearance they have been urging any and all students to NOT use one. To say NO THANK YOU. They’ve created posters, wrote more letters… and even stolen the straws out of the cafeteria.
These kids realize that sometimes we might take one step forward and end up taking two steps back and that it’s OK as long as we don’t give up because it’s the right thing to do.
They are not accepting defeat.
“The time is always right to do the right thing”