Free, Public Multi-Cultural Kids’ Green Festival and Pop-Up Recycling Playground to celebrate Earth Day and Día del Niño at The Magellan International School
annual Día del Niño Verde at
The Magellan International School on Saturday,
April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. , was an amazing celebration of
children, the earth and community. We invited Austinites from around the
city to join us at this free event on our school grounds. The
celebration was an opportunity for the Magellan community to share its
passion for nurturing initiative and creativity in children and
practicing responsible stewardship of the earth with the greater Austin
Pop-Up Adventure Play was one of our premier activities. Parents who had never seen Pop-Up Adventure Play in action were instant converts as they watched the adventure unfold. The children inspired each other and us with their spontaneous joy and pride in their Pop-Up Adventure Play creations, building a fort, tearing it down to construct a space craft, inviting friends to join them on a ride, then working together to build an airplane, complete with propeller. They neither needed nor wanted adult help. In addition to the creative free-for-all going on the playground, Spanish music classes for babies and children were enjoyed by many families, and adults had the opportunity to learn a plethora of tips on how to make their homes and lifestyles greener. Families took home organic produce from Green Gate Farms, a local family farm, enjoyed Whole Foods' healthy fare and browsed among the fair trade and local eco-art on display.
Twenty-five organizations supported the event and more than 200 people came together to learn and play at The Magellan International School's Día del Niño Verde 2012, a unique and successful community celebration.
Thoughts regarding Día del Niño Verde at Magellan International School - We did it!
Organized by The Magellan International School and Little Miss Recycle, the event is supported by:
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Gateway Store,
H&R Block and Quick Print.
Austin Creative Reuse
Bellelli Educación Costa Rica
City of Austin (Austin Resource Recovery)
Fertile Ground Gardens
Good Merritt Tailor
Green Earth Automotive
Green Gate Farms
Green Ribbon Schools
Green Thumb Compost
Pop-Up Adventure Playground
Purse & Clutch
Semillitas de Español
Sustainable Food Center
Ten Thousand Villages
The Honest Company
Texas Disposal Systems
Texas Coffee Traders
Texas Solar Energy Society
Whirled Peas Baby Food
The Magellan International School
7938 Great Northern Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757
All the donations from this free event supports the Magellan Green and Playground Teams.
It really was a community gathering and it also gave MIS excellent exposure, thank you ALL!
Thank you for all of your work. The day was a great success!
Maya's Mom, MIS GreenTeam Parent
I just wanted to thank all who made this event possible. My favorite part were the workshops and, of course, the talent corner but all of it seemed so well organized and I'm sure a whole lot of work went into it.
Gabi's Mom, MIS GreenTeam Parent
What a terrific event! I received so much positive feedback--people enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. A great strategy for securing partners and making sure our "green" goals for the future were always a priority.
Mateo & Andrea's Mom, MIS Green Team Parent
It was amazing to see kids and parents come together and work as a team to build all kind of things. From an airplane to a robot to a guitar. We had a fantastic time with boxes, tape, yarn and a lot of imagination. Like the MasterCard commercial says; "watching her play with the cardboard box instead: priceless".
Afterschool Teacher, MIS Green Team Leader: green spaces
It was exciting to see so many people, even people from outside our MIS community, present and engaged. Also, please allow me to say thank you to Sayuri who did such a great job on outreach for this event. We definitely reached the greater Austin community with the school's and Green Team's mission and I think this a first. Equally, thanks to you, Sol, and to all the parents and staff for helping so much. It was a great event because of the synergy of everyone involved.
|Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers!|