On February 23rd, my team — Y.O.D.O.e (You Only Drink Once eventually) — visited a group of middle school students attending Pulaski International School of Chicago.
Our LGP focused on the education and conservation of water. On that day, we brought a rain-water barrel and art supplies to have students decorate it. We explained what the barrel worked for and how the caught rain-water could be used to water their vegetable garden.
It was fun to see students express themselves through painting. They had a great time and so did the Y.O.D.O.e team. It was extraordinary seeing students give a simple barrel its own identity.
This day meant everything to Y.O.D.O.e; we had waited so long for it to come and we were happy it was a success:
“We hope that we rose the consciousness of the importance of water to the children we worked with, and that they realize doing environmentally friendly actions does not need to be boring.”
“Upon entering Pulaski, I was greeted by smiling children. I began thinking about how these children will aid in the future of our world. Our implementation of the rain-barrel will forever aid their vegetable garden for future generations. The pure ecstatic expressions upon each child as they contributed to the future was well worth the stained pants, painted shirts, and color shoes that resulted from the implementation. Personally, knowing that rainwater will be conserved for years to come brings an eternal smile to my face.”
“When meeting the students at Pulaski, I felt like a little kid again. Every student had a lot of energy, and I found it enjoyable to work with them. Everyone was excited to paint the water barrel, and everyone was eager to work with us. I feel great knowing that they will be using our water barrel to keep their vegetables alive in their veggie garden.”
“It was awesome experience going to Pulaski. I loved working with the children at the school as well as playing with them a little afterward. It was amazing how happy all the children looked as well as how happy our team looked too. I know we all felt very accomplished after the project, and I’m extremely excited to be able to implement more barrels into other schools to be able to see the joy that this project creates.”
staff architect / FitzGerald Associates Architects