ReImagining Parap Primary School
Kids care about their communities and about the world we all live in, and the Eco-Warriors of Parap Primary School are no different. The action they took to address the problem of plastic pollution is an example to us all.
This is the story of how teacher Chelsea Collins’ students used Solution Fluency and rallied their community to help them put their very own Boomerang Bags in the hands of local shoppers.
The question of how one can make a difference in the world is a powerful one. Such was the question facing the young Eco-Warriors of Australia’s Parap Primary School when they saw the need to address the problem of plastic pollution, starting on a local level.
“Parap Village markets run every Saturday, rain or shine,” explains Year 2 teacher Chelsea Collins. “Nearly every vendor pushes a single-use plastic bag. Students found this very distressing and this was their starting point.” That’s when they came across the Boomerang Bags project providing a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
Using Solution Fluency as their model, the Eco-Warriors team worked with their Eco-Committee members and also the community at large to produce original designs for shopping bags made of recycled materials. In addition to parental and community support, the local Chief Minister and other stakeholders also pitched in.
“The initial goal was 300 bags,” says Chelsea. “To this date our collective have made 1,500 bags and growing.” From here, Chelsea’s plan is to continue exploring how the Essential Fluencies can enhance learning for both her and her students.