A group of seven Quail Valley Elementary School students, in grades 4-5, were named winners of the Kids for the Planet online Facebook contest, sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Universal Pictures. The girls are members of one of their school’s Destination Imagination (DI) teams, the “Thinkinators.” They have been actively involved in a community outreach project through DI to help raise awareness of the Global Water Crisis, as well as raising funds to help build wells in countries affected by the crisis.
As part of the outreach project, the girls have encouraged their schoolmates to conserve water, help clean lakes in the city, and take part in a “Walk for Water” event and a community coin drive. Through their efforts, the girls raised more than $1,050 for the cause – and are still collecting donations through their website: www.qvethinkinatorsglobalwatercrisis.weebly.com.
The students’ DI team manager and fifth-grade teacher, Eden Rule, wrote a powerful essay for the Kids for the Planet contest which spotlighted the amazing dedication the girls have for their project, and the essay won the grand prize. The group received a private, advanced screening party for 250 people to view the Dr. Seuss movie, “The Lorax.”
The team also won second place at the recent DI Gulf Coast Regional Tournament for their creative performance which described their project. When the girls were asked how they felt about the attention they received for their efforts, the girls smiled and said, “We are just happy to know that we are making a difference in the world. Even if we hadn’t won a trophy or the movie prize, we would still be happy! We will continue to raise awareness and money for the cause.”