On Saturday November 17th, from 5:00-7:30 pm, we had our CAS night event. Half of my class, and half of the 12th grade class, presented about their CAS projects, and my team was part of it. It was a great night, we got to hear about other student’s CAS experience and also share about our own. Sebas, Mayan, Felipe and I were the last to present, they saved the best for last 😉 Speaking in public is not that easy, specially when you have to use a microphone, that simply makes me nervous. I stumbled a lot, and forgot parts of what I wanted to say, but at the end it turned out just fine. In general, Sebas introduced the project and what inspired him to do it, Mayan told the story of how the mangrove died, Felipe spoke about our nursery and the community event, and I talked about future plans. At the end of the presentation, Sebas handed me a bucket with mangroves as a gift (picture on my last log), to symbolize that he was handing down the project to me, as he is soon graduating from La Paz. That was my highlight of the night, it was something really special to me (almost made me cry) and it truly made me reflect once again on the importance of this project. I am really excited to move forward as the leader and hopefully bring to life my ideas to help the mangrove. I made a sign and brought a clear box for donations, and during the event we were able to raise about $170 which is amazing and will contribute to the development of our project. I was really happy when I came to pick up the box and there were donations, because it means people out there care about the planet too, and are willing to help. I simply can’t begin to explain how passionate I am about nature, and I know this will keep me motivated throughout the project, and hopefully inspire others. Once again, immediate results are going to be impossible, this is a long-term project, but the important part is that we work hard and give it our best so that in the future the mangrove can be fully restored. I always say this, the planet is our home and we have to take care of it, but it’s true. With so much going on in the world, and all the damage that is causing, we have to at least try to put in our part to help the environment.
In the past few weeks, we had been focusing on planning and perfecting our presentation for CAS night. As always, we were all on the look for mangrove seeds on the beach, and I took care of the nursery, which in fact is doing amazing, I will be posting more images soon. Exciting news came in last week, when a parent volunteer at my school emailed me. Next trimester, Felipe and I will be collaborating with the 5th grade class for their project Localize, which is about sustainability. We’ll teach them about our project, the global importance of mangroves, our inspirations and objectives. We will also be taking them on a field trip to the mangrove and showing them our nursery. I am super excited for this, and it will be my main focus for the next step of the project. After this, I will mainly work with Ernst to plan the event!
Learning outcomes: Global Importance, Work Collaboratively, Commitment & Perseverance
Learner profiles: Communicator, Reflective, Open-minded, Risk-taker, Strengths and areas for growth
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