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Green Team 2.0

Last spring I mentioned that Maddie and a
couple friends had started the Green Team – a group of
environmentally “aware” kindergarteners who spent their
recesses combing the playground for trash and pushed to get
recycling cans in different parts of the school. The movement was
cute and, I thought, came out of the whole Earth Day teaching time
in April.

Then last week Maddie told me that the Green Team had been
resurrected, and they needed t-shirts. So she’d invited the
team over to our house to make shirts.

Okey dokey.

So yesterday a few kids gathered at my
house to decorate their t-shirts: a plain white shirt with an
iron-on decal of an earth surrounded by the chasing arrows
recycling sign. Each child made the shirt her own, adding slogans
like “Save the Earth” or vivid drawings of trees being
cut down by a chainsaw with a line slashed through it.
Maddie’s shirt boasted the slogan “Save the Erth
(sic)” and “Come to the Green Team with your Recycling

This seems to be a bit more pro-active than last year’s
venture was, so I am wondering where it will end up. For now,
I’m encouraged that the kids want to be good stewards of the
earth, and educate other people about it.

But don’t be surprised if you turn on your local news some
night in the near future and see a first grader hand-cuffed to a
diseased elm destined for the chipper.

Just please notice how cute the t-shirts are, and that
they’re for sale for $19.95. Proceeds go to the (I’m
sure necessary in the future) legal defense fund.


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