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Students Take Back Control By Giving Back During Pandemic

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NEW YORK, 4/14/20—In the face of a devastating pandemic and an unforeseen transition to remote learning, many students are feeling anxious, helpless, and isolated. One network of students is leading the charge to fight back by giving back. 

Better World Day is an annual event where thousands of students use their learning to contribute to their communities. This year, with sweeping social distancing policies in place, EL Education students are leading a nationwide campaign to gather and share appreciations for essential workers and medical teams.

“Just because we are at home, we don’t have to stop making the world better! For Better World Day I have been making cards to thank community members, like my teachers and grocery store workers who are helping us stay healthy and safe during this pandemic.” -Alejandro Torres, age 12, Silverton, CO

Students from across the country will galvanize their communities to create Connection Cards—videos, public art, letters, and cards of appreciation for those who are demonstrating courage and kindness by helping others. At a time of physical distancing, #BetterWorldDay enables students to be connected in meaningful action.

In previous years, students have taken the lead on Better World Day with events and campaigns ranging from lobbying state representatives to pass greater protections for foster care children to launching a women’s history exhibit at a local museum. 

Learn more about how students are contributing to their communities on Better World Day

About EL Education

EL Education is a leading K-12 nonprofit empowering teachers to transform schools in diverse communities across America. For more than 25 years, EL Education has brought to life a three-dimensional vision of student achievement that includes mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. By promoting active classrooms that are alive with discovery, problem-solving, challenge, and collaboration, EL Education’s curriculum inspires teachers to fulfill their highest aspirations and motivates students to achieve more than they think possible.

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EL Education: Alexandra Fenwick-Moore, 646-477-4158 or afenwick@eleducation.org.