Our kindergarten students learned about endangered animals and their habitats during their “Animal Planet” unit of inquiry. One of our kindergarten students, Makenzie B., enthusiastically went home to share what she had learned about the various classifications that animals fall into. Her enthusiasm turned into her being upset as she began to describe the endangered species. She quickly wanted to know what she could do to help them. She devised an action plan that night to help raise money "so we can give it to animals that need it."
She brought the action plan to her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Krig, who had Makenzie present her idea to the class. Makenzie has become passionate about wanting to help these animals and shared the ideas on her action plan which included a doughnut sale during snack time, selling popsicles to aftercare kids, and free dress day for students who donate money. After some discussion and planning, Makenzie moved forward with selling donuts for $1 to her kindergarten friends during snack time.
Makenzie raised $112 that morning. In addition, a friend put $20 in her backpack as a donation bringing her total to $132. Makenzie also personally donated some birthday money to her fund, and her father’s company matched her total! Makenzie recently presented a check to The Florida Aquarium to assist with conservation efforts.
Taking action is a core component of an International Baccalaureate education. Action in the IB sense provides students with “the opportunity and power to choose their actions, to act and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in and to the world.” (p. 37 Making the PYP Happen). At Carrollwood Day School, students apply their knowledge to the real world and further develop their sense of commitment, demonstrating that they have the power to affect change.