Do Good Things Newsletter: PVHS Lego Build to Give Initiative

In November of 2021 I wrote the first of these “Do Good Things” Newsletters. I was home for Thanksgiving break and stumbled upon the Lego “Build To Give” initiative. Like most people, I have been a fan of Lego since I was a child. But as an adult, the ardor I have for Lego is no longer confined to their products, for what I’ve discovered is that Lego, as a brand, as a company, sits at the pinnacle of socially conscious capitalism. Beyond their “Build To Give” Initiative, Lego has countless projects (here’s one) that seek to make the world a better place. In that, they are also a role model for the students in NOVA Lab where we are driven by two key questions:

Thus, it took no thought for me to jump into my own small purpose project this December and start the PVHS Lego Build to Give Initiative. Following Lego’s simple idea, I put together a similarly simple infographic and offered the idea to the school.

While I don’t know exactly how many classrooms or students were involved, I do know that most all of the 9th grade homerooms participated through their monthly Link Crew meeting, all five of my own classes were involved, and several other classrooms in the English department also took part.

Below is a gallery of students from my own class as well as some from other classes who helped children in 25 countries around the world receive gifts of Lego sets that they would otherwise not have received. I estimate that at least 100 posts were made to social media sites through our initiative.

That’s a good start for doing good things.

Published by Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Faculty Mentor FIRST Robotics Team #7414--PV Retrobotics. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

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