A Day with Compass Green: Intern’s Perspective

The Schedule for a day’s work as Compass Green’s Intern:

6:00 – Wake up

6:30 – Leave the House

Pull up directions, Pick out music

Roll out, and Rock out

Navigate and DJ to the school we are visiting that day

Teach hundreds of kids

It is a rigorous and deeply rewarding schedule. One thing it never is, is dull.

Traveling to a different school in a different community each time we teach is perfect for someone like me who is always looking for new experiences. Each teaching experience has been as individual as the students I have taught.

I think that partially comes from varying philosophies of each school, and the importance teachers place on our visit, but for the most part it comes from the kids. They are the reason I am thoroughly stoked to wake up at 6 am.

I get so excited to hear how they will respond to the sustainability basic we teach them. We have heard some truly amazing responses ranging in tone from downright brilliant to very, very silly.

Just today, I had kids explain to me the fine points of how a hydrogen fueled car runs, and the history of global warming trends. They are in elementary school yet have an amazing grasp on the ecological issues facing today’s world.

On the silly end of the spectrum, here are a few of my favorite kid’s quotes from this tour:

1st grader, “Is there a dead zone in there?” (Pointing to green house)

2nd grader, “Is that nature inside?!”(Also pointing to truck)

Me, “What’s your favorite vegetable?”

Kindergartener, “We have the same one! It’s Poptarts!

1st grader #1, “At home, we have a garden on our deck.”

1st grader #2, “What?! I also have a deck!”

We might not have a lot time with each class but we do have time to have fun and plant the seeds of impact at the same time.

At the end of the day I am worn out and, somehow completely reenergized to show up fully for the kids Compass Green reaches.

‘til next time,

A very tired, very happy

Caroline

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One thought on “A Day with Compass Green: Intern’s Perspective

  1. This is a wonderful post and made me laugh! Thanks for sharing your experience and these lovely quotes, Caroline. We had a recent visit by the Compass Green Project to my son’s school (Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland). The kids loved it! Sadly, I wasn’t there, but I heard a lot of great things about the day. Many thanks for coming to visit our kids at MLA! And thanks for all you and your team are doing to teach kids across the country about environmental concerns.

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