The Way We Live

...and how our choices impact our environment

Workshops : What Teachers Say

“…It is rare to enjoy a class as much as I did this one. Thanks for a high quality experience that was an instrument of positive change for me…”

“The students realized how much ‘stuff’ they really have, and how all that ‘stuff’ isn’t necessary in their lives.”
“This mini-unit was a hit with the sixth grade kids [as they]… proposed ways they could help make a difference in our school.”
“...the group from my school is using all the wonderful books and ideas we got last year from our class. It ties in very well with a unit in our reading series...we’re still waiting for [an advanced class]!” 

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"The Way We Live" applied in the classroom -

South O'Brien Elementary students collect 650 shoes
to help others

Students at South O’Brien Elementary collect shoes each year for Soles4Souls, a micro-enterprise project. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs for people in impoverished countries by sending donated shoes to the owners of these small businesses who then sell them.



“We did another shoe drive this year and collected an estimated 650 pairs of shoes!” said Rebecca Miller who heads up the collection. In 2014, the sixth grade class won the all-elementary school competition by collecting 92 pairs of shoes. The third grade class delivered the shoes and toured the Soles4Souls processing center in Sheldon, Iowa. The center is located at Village Northwest Unlimited, employing people with disabilities who help sort the shoes.

Elementary students uncover a story about milk waste
in one Anamosa school




Kathleen Morrison, a technology teacher, worked with grades 3-6 at St. Patrick's in Anamosa, and her students researched milk and milk waste.

"After our week long collection, the 5th graders figured the cost of wasted milk at lunch. They made a display and set it up in the lunch room to show the number of cartons of milk they collected, weight of the trash, the money spent on milk that was poured down the drain (in gallons and per cartons). I have pictures I displayed in the hall at school and also sent the information to the local paper, which was published. Even our head cook was amazed at the results."