PCF Sparkletots @ Pioneer Blk 661B: A Lofty Vision for a Lofty Title
The theme for PCF Sparkletots @ Pioneer Blk 661B’s Start Small Dream Big (SSDB) project might be caring for the environment, but their title, ‘Save our world for you and me’, is much loftier and resonates more deeply with what the preschool is attempting to accomplish.
Having tackled the same topic for the past 3 years – the educators of the centre must be firm believers of the quote ‘practice makes perfect’ as they have every intention of continuing with the theme again this year. With a vision to improve and make each year more sustainable than the last, readers can’t help but root for the preschool to succeed in turning their students into future guardians of Mother Earth.
The preschool had a host of activities for the students to participate in. One activity involved upcycling: parents were sent a memo to bring any unwanted household items to school for the children to recycle and reinvent. Items received included, luggage, Tupperware, and cardboard boxes. After much brainstorming, the children settled on transforming the luggage into a storytelling prop by giving it a makeover. As for the other materials, their upcycling transformations were recorded and showcased during the students’ show-and-tell session.
Image of a sustainable grocery bag made using jeans (right) and food wrappers (left).
Another initiative once again called for parental involvement and caregivers were asked to bring jeans and food wrappers to the school. This odd combination made for the perfect product – a sustainable grocery shopping bag!
PCF Sparkletots @ Pioneer Blk 661B has decided to make the best out of the SSDB project by building connections with as many people in the community and developing healthy relationships with their students’ parents. They have also found that their activities have helped improve their students’ public speaking skills and boost their self-esteem.
All in all, they would love to reach out to more members of the community to learn more about the innovative upcycling ideas – there are no disadvantages to a mutual exchange of knowledge.
However, they do understand that there are restrictions in place for the safety of everyone, Ms Zahirah, a teacher at PCF Sparkletots @ Pioneer Blk 661B says, “We hope that everyone in Singapore, despite the difference of race, religion, background, will continue to work together and be kind to one another as we continue to pull through this pandemic.