Better World Day
Save the Date: This year's Better World Day is May 3rd, 2019!
Last year on May 4th, tens of thousands of EL Education students and teachers in more than 100 schools took civic action to make the world a safer, stronger, and more just place locally and globally. Take a look back at some of the ways students put their learning to work for a better world.
Social Media for Social Justice
Use the hashtag #BetterWorldDay before, during, and after the event when posting about your impact on any social media channel for a chance to be highlighted on our page. Show support for our citizen scholars by sharing and commenting on their posts.
More than 50,000 students, educators, and community members, and counting! These citizens are stepping up to serve their communities. With so many involved in one day of service, imagine the impact 1,000,000 EL students have had every day throughout 25 years of "getting smart to do good."
In the News
"Getting Smart to Do Good" caught fire last year! See Better World Day and Better World Projects in the news across the country.
- San Diego Union Tribune highlights Conway Elementary School and the Escondido Union School District for their winning Better World Project: Escondido Super Stewards - Protecting and Serving Our Local Watershed.
- The Bulletin spotlights Interdistrict School for the Arts and Communication's Better World Project: Community Faces: Humanizing the Immigrant Label.
- This Week Community News: Graham Elementary and Middle School's project gives students glimpse of central Ohio’s many cultures
- We Rise Radio features Lodestar's podcasts on Islamophobia that are part of their Better World Project
- WHAM-TV featured Students at Genesee Community Charter School, who spent Better World Day creating a large mural in Rochester, NY that reflects the diverse stories of their city's residents.
- The Greenfield Recorder featured the Better World Day projects of students at Four Rivers Charter School. Four Rivers seniors showed off a range of research projects on topics like human trafficking and sexual harassment.
- ABC12 featured students from Greene Elementary School in Rhode Island, as they partnered with Eagle's Nest Charter School in Flint, Michigan to address the city's water crisis and bring fresh water to residents.
- Westword featured the work of Downtown Denver Expeditionary School as they joined with community partners to help create Denver's largest public mural.
- Moscow-Pullman Daily News shared an article about Palouse Prairie Charter School, where kindergarteners planted the beginnings of a small forest on a hill -- near the future site of the new Palouse Prairie Charter School building.
- Spokane Public Radio highlighted the work of Palouse Prairie Charter School fourth graders, who visited the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Lapwai to meet students and elders, to learn about Native history and to plant plants that had been donated by local businesses.
- Staten Island News featured students at Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School who spread kindness by painting kindness rocks to share at the boardwalk of Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk in South Beach on Staten Island.
- Glenwood Springs Post Independent highlights students at Glenwood Springs Middle School, who assembled bookmarks for the local library, distributed thank-you bags to police officers, firefighters, and other public service workers, picked up trash within the community, and sewed bags for children with severe disabilities.
- Manhattan Times featured the work of students at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), an Outward Bound network school, who took part in a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, where they learned lessons on social issues and philanthropy, and then paid it forward by awarding $2,500 in grant money to a local community-based organization