When Rachel Autry, a 5th grade teacher at East Magnet Middle School and my college roommate from University College Worcester (yes, we met in the UK, but both lived in Middle Tennessee ! Crazy) , asked me to judge their 5th grade "shark tank" style up cycle project, I almost jumped through the roof! What an amazing idea to teach children how to create a product or piece of art using reusable material, how to present their product successfully, and ultimately convince a panel of judges that their product should be bought and serves a purpose.
Little did I realize how amazingly bright these young minds were. I really didn't know what to expect, but it was so refreshing and enlightening to not only see their creations, but also hear the the professionalism and charisma of such young individuals. It was obvious that some of the children put more effort in than others, but I still loved their presentations. We didn't have power point back in the day, but some kids made commercials, some did power point, and some just simply had remarkable presentation skills. As I wanted each group present, I caught myself day dreaming about what they will be when they grow up and how their lives would turn out.
I also was inspired with their knowledge of recycling and reusing materials. I am so grateful that educators like Rachel are teaching our kids that you don't just have to recycle, you can REUSE AND REPURPOSE = UPCYCLE! No matter what you do in this world, never be too busy to invest in our kids. East Nashville Magnet kids are obviously AWESOME!