BIS Goes Green for Com­mu­nity Week

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Members’ News -

Berke­ley In­ter­na­tional School spent the week of March 21- 25 cel­e­brat­ing their 4th an­nual Com­mu­nity Week, which is a time to en­gage our stu­dents in spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties geared to­ward par­tic­u­lar causes. The fo­cus for this year was waste re­duc­tion in com­mu­ni­ties. The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a va­ri­ety of col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties led by teach­ers as well as lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. Berke­ley’s Kinder­garten and Ele­men­tary stu­dents col­lected re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als from home and around the school to cre­ate a Re­cy­cling Ex­hibit in the li­brary. Stu­dents got cre­ative and worked to re­pur­pose trash items into some­thing new and ex­cit­ing. The cre­ations ranged from ro­bots, to play houses, to jewelry.

Berke­ley’s Se­condary stu­dents worked with two dif­fer­ent char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions for green ini­tia­tives in the Bangkok area: Pa­per Ranger and Love Wildlife. Both are founded by Bangkok lo­cals and work to pro­mote the use of sus­tain­able re­sources. At Pa­per Ranger the stu­dents cre­ated note­books made out of re­cy­cled pa­per that are de­liv­ered to ru­ral schools around Thai­land. Stu­dents worked to­gether to fold, bind, and dec­o­rate nearly 200 note­books. The stu­dents also learned how to saw, drill, ham­mer, and sweat by build­ing bam­boo habi­tats for the res­cued an­i­mals of the Love Wildlife Foun­da­tion.

This or­ga­ni­za­tion ad­vo­cates for wildlife pro­tec­tion through ed­u­ca­tion, and Berke­ley stu­dents learned about the im­por­tance of us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als in their com­mu­ni­ties.

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