Above: Examples of how we planned our board and club meetings. We also kept track of which board member took charge of each meeting and who brought the snacks for each meeting.
Team Planning -
How: In order to make the classroom presentation slideshow, a very involved process, we had to make sure everyone was on board because we wanted to create an interesting powerpoint that would be informative, interactive, and entertaining.
In order to stay on task, we made sure that we stayed organized and motivated throughout the year. Each weekly meeting a different board member took on the role of bringing snacks and speaking. Suzie John and Apollonia Cuneo, the co-project founders also made sure to keep an easily accessible binder full of GBLA related materials in case anyone throughout the year needed information pertaining to our club. For example, the binder contains things like mementos from each club meeting, pins, grant money, a printed our version of the website + video guidelines to keep everyone on task, school wide event permission forms, etc.
When: We constantly kept in close communication throughout the entire year. Amongst ourselves, we probably talked about GBLA at least once a day.
Where: While our team did choose to meet 5+ times at lunch and nutrition, we also realized that the best method of communication for all of us was through a board group chat. We utilized our access to technology to make sure that our project plan was being implemented successfully. Throughout the year, we also came up with new project ideas that has us excited for next year! ;) (*ex: pen pals, card making, and 'subscription' type boxes....). For our stress ball making event, we could not have our entire team at the table, so three of us who were allowed to leave our fourth periods early volunteered to set up and run the event. Prior to the event, these same three team members also did a test run to ensure everything would run smoothly the day of the event.
Time spent on website: 27 hours
Time hosting weekly club meetings: 18 meetings so far ~ 540 minutes!
Time spent planning as a team: 5+ hours
Total time spent on developing our very first sustainable project: 5+ hours
Team Events -
1) The first event we held was a school-wide face mask making event. We know that it is difficult for people to develop a night routine that encourages healthy sleep habits, so our board members cultivated this event in order to provide the face mask as a tool to promote a better and more relaxing night of sleep.
2) The second event we held was a school-wide event where we learned about Narcolepsy from Project Sleep (see slideshow below)
3) The third event we held was a school-wide stress ball making event that was a huge success! We also gave everyone customized sleep tips, play doh, and made them pledge to get nine hours of sleep each night. Our team effort truly paid off and we received an overwhelming positive response.
4) The fourth event we held was a school-wide bath bomb making event. We used kits to make the process go smoother and everyone was pleased with the result and enjoyed them in the comfort of their own home.
5) The fifth event was in class presentations that included educational information on the importance of sleep and tips for relaxation. (slides found in evidence section)