Today, we took part in Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Makeover Challenge! We weren’t sure whether it would work for us today, or not, because Calgary has had some REALLY unsettled weather the last couple of days. Last night, MANY of us were unable to get a good solid sleep because … JUST as we were about to doze off … BOOM … another BLINDING bolt of LIGHTNING and a HUGE clap of THUNDER would suddenly jolt us all WIDE awake AGAIN! There were even warnings for TORNADO watches all around the Calgary area. Luckily, though, tornadoes are PRETTY rare for our city. They DO happen … but … they are very few and FAR between! Phew!
This afternoon, when we spotted the FIRST rays of sunshine … we saw our opening and WENT for it! We gathered our plastic bags to pick UP the garbage, our garbage bag to collect the trash strewn around our school playground and ANOTHER garbage bag to collect containers for RECYCLING.
WHY? Well, because WE believe that Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Makeover Challenge fit PERFECTLY with our journey this year. You are right – it had nothing to do with our work building a library in Q’enqo Peru. But, it had EVERYTHING to do with making a positive DIFFERENCE in the world … which IS what we are also working toward in Peru! We’ve written a LOT about being change makers, “paying it forward”, working together and filling invisible buckets. Today was OUR day to fill the EARTH’S invisible bucket. And … WHAT a job THAT was!
What follows are the thoughts of the Grade Three Bloggers after a DOUBLE 20 Minute Makeover Challenge:
“Today we had a DISGUSTING day because we did a 20 Minute Makeover! I bet you’re wondering WHAT are they DOING? We are picking up garbage to change the world! We did 40 minutes of picking up garbage. That equals about 16 hours of cleaning for ONE person! We made a difference in the world because we picked up litter. Cleaning up Calgary is fun … but DISGUSTING! My bag smelled HORRIFYING! If people started picking up their garbage, we would NOT have to DO this!” ~Zack
“The 20 Minute Challenge was SO hard. I felt disgusted by all the things that I picked up. Some of the kids picked up bags that were muddy and full of bandages. Talking about the Makeover … it is SO selfish how some people think the world is somewhere to just THROW garbage! Imagine how the world would be if no one would litter. I bet it would look WONDERFUL!” ~Zahra
“Imagine a world with no garbage. That would make a HUGE difference. We kept ourselves healthy in the challenge by not handling garbage with BARE hands. When we did our challenge … we only recycled one plastic bottle. But, much more than just THAT … I was so disgusted because we picked up chewed gum, cigarette butts, used bandaides, a baggy full of brown water and a bandaide floating inside, used tissues, etc. Why did we do this? We did this to help the environment and to challenge ourselves with Mayor Nenshi’s clean-up. How did we do this? We did this with plastic bags instead of bare hands! We are proud of our work for Calgary!” ~Julia & Sophie H.
“Today, my class and I took part in Mayor Nenshi’s challenge to do the 20 Minute Makeover! It was good to know that I was making a difference and it was a lot of fun … but … it was QUITE gross! As I picked up a plastic bag covered in mud I thought … if people didn’t litter, Calgary wouldn’t be so FULL of GARBAGE! I think that Mayor Nenshi’s challenge is great because Calgary has tons of garbage!” ~Martin
“Today we had a twenty minute makeover. It was picking up garbage from the ground. There was disgusting stuff like paper all wet and muddy, bandages, paper and chocolate. We got this challenge from Mayor Nenshi. We thought we would get two bags but we only got one. To make the world a better place, we did it as a class. Some of the garbage was worse than we thought. But, eventually, we got through it! It was very fun. We hope no one will throw garbage on the ground and litter again!” ~Rijul
“Yuck! That was disgusting! You might find this post not so CLEAN! We went out with plastic bags on our hands to pick up garbage. You might be wondering what in the world we are talking about!!! Well, we will tell you what we are talking about. Our class has been thinking about the Mayor’s 20 minute challenge. We did our little 20 minute challenge as a class. One of our classmates found a plastic bag full of water with a bandaid floating in it! Another student in our class found a plastic knife. We even found garbage in the puddles. Some other people told us that it was SO disgusting that they said they were going to throw up! We did a DOUBLE 20 minute challenge because we did 40 minutes. When we came in we were so tired that we had to have a “wind down” stage so that we could settle down!” ~Alexia & Sophie G.
“Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Makeover Challenge was FUN and GROSS at the SAME time! Just before we went out, Mrs. Renton asked if we had any questions. “What are we using for our HANDS?” someone asked! “You’ll see!” said Mrs. Renton … and later, she handed out plastic bags so that no YUCKIES got on our hands! We actually did 40 minutes instead of 20 … that’s 20 more minutes of picking up gross and disgusting stuff, like soggy wet jackets, chewed up and spat out in a snickers bar wrapper pre-chewed gum! Wet newspaper with yogurt on top, lip gloss, (kind of NOT gross, except for the spit on it), a shampoo lid filled with mud, dirty bandaides, broken lego and LOTS more! By the end of the clean up, the garbage bag was 3/4 full … and THAT wasn’t even HALF the school yard!” ~Ava
“Today, we did Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Challenge. You’re probably going to find this post VERY disgusting! We had plastic bags on our hands … that is how we picked up the garbage. Mrs. Renton said if we found glass, to call 311, (that is MRS. RENTON!) When we started, we found a lot of garbage by the play park. After we found all of that garbage, we went to the soccer field. When we got to the soccer field, we saw water bottles, containers, snack wrappers, etc. After we covered the soccer field, we went to the mini school and cleaned.” ~Jesse
“GROSS! I can’t believe that everyone left such a barrage of rubbish on the ground … coming close to messing up the EARTH! 🙁 That is probably OK to SOME folks, but not to ME!!! It makes me STEAMING MAD just THINKING about it! That’s why we got together to pick up LOADS of garbage! EWWW! That was the MOST extremely revolting moment of my life!!! Why do folks all over the world like to junk up our only home planet? I like to throw garbage in the trash can and RECYCLE paper and plastic!” ~Galen
“Cleaning up Calgary is fun, I said as I was cleaning up the most terrifying of trash with my friends Brenden and Max! The #1 GROSSEST thing was the soggy paper towel smothered with mud. I picked up THREE of those! The second grossest thing I picked up was styrofoam ALSO smothered with mud. I found TWO of those!” ~Damian
“When we got outside, we got plastic bags on our hands, to pick up garbage for the 20 Minute Makeover. The garbage was stinky and all covered in mud. I feel great to help the world because it feels good. We all found a LOT of paper and other stuff. The grossest thing I found was a used bandaide. It would be a LOT easier if people put garbage into the garbage cans!” ~Brenden
“On June 6th, 2012, the Grade Three Bloggers went on a superb but QUITE disgusting adventure cleaning up our school grounds. It all started when Mrs. Renton found out about Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Makeover Challenge. They, she told us we might try the challenge as a class some time. We all got really, really EXCITED! We did it this week … even though it was quite disgusting picking up TONS of rubbish.” ~Mya & Kaylee
“Today was the AMAZING Mayor’s 20 Minute Makeover for Calgary. If you don’t know what it is … it’s cleaning up Calgary! Before we went out, Mrs. Renton told us about the safety rules in the 20 Minute Makeover. When I went outside … I … saw … icky … garbage! I found many gross things, like: wet paper, rubber bands, broken glass, a bag filled with dirt, a small muddy ball, and lots of other things. The good thing about the challenge is: you fill the Earth’s bucket, you clean it up too. I hope people respect the Earth by putting garbage in the garbage bin. If people do that, the Earth would be a more peaceful and CLEAN world!” ~Elijah & Jun
“If we found glass that was broken, we would say 3-1-1, and then our teacher would come and pick it up! We all picked up at LEAST 30 pieces of garbage! Max found 2 or 3 Tim Horton’s coffee cups on the ground … sitting in a big shwack of mud! That was the MOST dirtiest job of the day. We had the MOST fun EVER!” ~Max & Tormod
“Ewww! This is disgusting! That’s what I said as I picked up HORRIBLE garbage! You may not believe it but my class went outside to do 40 minutes of cleaning when Mayor Nenshi’s challenge is actually called the 20 Minute Makeover Challenge. To keep us safe, Mrs. Renton told us that we were not allowed to pick up needles or broken glass. And, we were NOT allowed to take dangerous risks to GET the garbage … like climbing trees and walls! It’s a good thing NONE of us did that! I had an EXTREMELY fun time picking up garbage and sure hope we can do it AGAIN!” ~Natasha
“The Grade Threes got outside and did the 20 Minute Makeover for Battalion Park! Some of us really got grossed out … you would NOT believe what we found: cigarette butts, bags filled with water and bandaides … and LOTS of other horrifying garbage. If we did NOT do that “makeover” our school would probably look like a small … LANDFILL!” ~Eric
“Eww! Why are people littering? You might be wondering what we’re talking about. Well, today, we challenged our class to take Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Makeover Challenge. First, before we started, Mrs. Renton gave us instructions. One of the instructions was to NOT pick up glass … but … call 3-1-1, (Mrs. Renton), and NOT to pick up NEEDLES … or any LIVING things. Then, we went outside and we picked up garbage.” ~Larissa & Thalia
“Imagine a world with NO garbage! That would make a HUGE difference! We kept ourselves healthy in the Mayor’s Challenge, by NOT handling the garbage with our bare hands. When we did our challenge, we only recycled ONE plastic bottle. I was SO disgusted because we picked up chewed gum, cigarette butts, used bandaides, a baggie filled with brown water and a bandaide floating inside, used tissues, etc. Why did we do this? We did this to help the environment and challenge ourselves in Mayor Nenshi’s clean up! We are PROUD of our work for Calgary!” ~Julia & Sophie H.
Well … we DOUBLED the challenge time and we feel PRETTY good about stepping up to do our part. Calgary is a BEAUTIFUL city … and it looks even BETTER when it isn’t strewn with garbage!
After scrubbing our hands THOROUGHLY … we recorded some final thoughts:
- helping to clean up Calgary was FUN!
- man, it would be a LOT easier to keep Calgary clean if people didn’t litter!
- we wish people would work TOGETHER to help take care of the environment!
- we were SO grossed out that we had to get the THESAURUS to help us with EXTREMELY juicy words!
- we feel GOOD about helping to take care of the Earth!
- will YOU take part in a 20 Minute Makeover … even if you DON’T live in Calgary?