Caught in the Act on Greenwich Avenue!

Glenville students

Glenville School students Lola Castro (1st grade), Katelyn Strizver (3rd grade), Alexander Strizver (kindergarten) and Matthew Strizver gave out bees on Greenwich Ave.Credit: Leslie Yager

Glenville School students Lola Castro (1st grade), Katelyn Strizver (3rd grade), Alexander Strizver (kindergarten) and Matthew Strizver were on a mission this week. As part of their Dare 2 Care experiment they patrolled Greenwich Ave and Starbucks after schoolthis week, looking for patrons were were unplugged.

Wearing matching yellow t-shirts that read “Be Here. Log Off. Listen In,” the foursome introduced themselves to dozens of people, offering those who were not using devicces or ear buds with handmade egg crate and pipecleaner “bees.”

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Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

One group of happy recipients asked the kids to name the bees for them. Immediately, the children suggested “Pat” and “Omar.” More smiles all around.

Though the exercise sounds so simple, the impact on both the children and the recipients was powerful.

The children gained confidence in striking up conversation with adults, who obviously responded with smiles and encouragement and were touched by the handmade gifts.

With the children were parents and Alina Boie, a psychologist and behavior coach for Greenwich Schools, who leads social-emotional learning workshops made possible by a $6,450 grant from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

pedestrians

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

pedestrians

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

pedestrians

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

pedestrians

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

unplugged

Random people on Greenwich Avenue enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the pedestrians. Credit: Leslie Yager

Starbucks

Inside Starbucks, patrons enjoyed receiving their “bees” as a reward for being “unplugged.” Conversations were initiated and the message was not lost on either the children or the patrons. Credit: Leslie Yager

 

See also:

Dare 2 Care if You See Greenwich’s Littlest Students Approach You with a Bee

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