Better World Day

Save the Date: Next year's Better World Day is May 3rd, 2019!

Better World Day is a wrap! 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.


From creating beautiful city murals, to delivering clean water to Flint, Michigan, students at EL Education partner schools made their mark on the world on May 4th -- and every day. Take a look back at the student-led events below, a few of the 100+ student-led activities which happened across the country

Chicago, IL: Polaris Charter Academy

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Students at Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago, Illinois will provide food baskets to their neighbors and work to beautify their neighborhood with a range of service projects.

Columbus, OH: Graham Elementary and Middle Schools

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Fifth graders from Graham Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio will travel to the Scioto Audobon Metro Park to help eradicate the park's invasive species.

Denver, CO: Downtown Denver Expeditionary Learning School

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On Better World Day, Downtown Denver Expeditionary Learning School is partnering with community arts and development groups to help paint the side of a 6-story parking garage in Denver.

From West Greenwich, RI to Flint, MI: The Greene School and Eagle's Nest Academy

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As part of an ongoing service project, the Greene School in Rhode Island is partnering with Eagle's Nest Academy in Flint, Michigan on May 4th to call attention to the Flint, Michigan water crisis. The Greene School and Eagle's Nest Academy will deliver supplies such as baby wipes, formula, and water filtration devices to community members.

New York City: WHEELS, a NYC Outward Bound School

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At WHEELS, a school in the NYC Outward Bound Schools network in New York City, high schoolers will partner with lower grades to execute a series of service projects, from beautifying school spaces, to working with local organizations to raise awareness about social issues like gender equality.

New York City: James Baldwin School

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Approximately 30 students from the James Baldwin School in NYC will give a prensentation on "Student Leadership in the Age of Protest" at the Lehman College Restorative Justice Conference on May 4th.

Portland, ME: ​Presumpscot Elementary School, King Middle School, and Casco Bay High School

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Presumpscot Elementary School, King Middle School, and Casco Bay High School are convening at Back Cove Park in Portland, Maine to engage 1,200 students in learning and service through planting bulbs and improving trails.

Rochester, NY: Genesee Community Charter School

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Students at Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, NY will gather to begin a mural painting project that will bring beautiful street art to four quadrants of the city.

Truckee, CA: Sierra Expeditionary Learning School and Tahoe Expeditionary Academy

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School and Tahoe Expeditionary Academy will join together for Better World Day to embark on a day of service that includes restoring forests through planting sugar pines and monitoring fish habitats.

Check out 100 more student-led events which took place on Better World Day.

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Better World Challenge

Our students challenge you to join us for Better World Day. It’s a day to honor students who work hard in EL Education classrooms all year to become great scholars and active citizens. It’s also a day to put knowledge to work in service of building a better world.

Find out what Conway Elementary students did to serve their community on Better World Day by viewing their challenge video above. Take the challenge by letting us know what you and your students will do to contribute to a better world. You can follow hashtag #BetterWorldDay on social media to see and share student challenge videos across the country.


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" is catching fire! See Better World Day and Better World Projects in the news across the country.