It finally came down to a wonderful day as expected today.
All those weekday nights spent man-handling a pair of scissors cutting card-board boxes until the knuckles got so sore.
All those weekends spent indoors cutting and creating more handicraft works against my innate sense to be outdoors and near to nature.
Nonetheless, it was a fun time spent with Wifey doing creative work together... brainstorming on the project to do the panel work decorations. We came up with the earth with "Saving Gaia" message under it.
For activities, we came up with so many handicrafts limited only by our imagination and time we had in the evenings. We chose many that were easy to make and complete under 10 to 15 minutes.
We catered to the young students and visitors while the other parents catered to the adults with paper basket and newspaper weaving... something that needed a longer time and lots of patience.
All our efforts together came together into one large panel display, combining with the other parents' eco-friendly message boards to be, in my opinion... yes, bias as it may sound, the best decorated booth in the event.
I took an hour off work on Friday to help Wifey make the last few vines from cut-out magazine pages and pieces of knotted strings before we left for the school with all our props and decorations made entirely from used and recycled materials.
The decoration was set-up under two hours the night before the event, with only a few touch-ups here and there on the morning of the event that officially started at 8:00AM.
With more handicraft works from the other parents on Saturday itself, the panel looked beautiful... thought too many hands actually spoiled the panel... different than what I had envisioned it to be. But, it was to be a group effort... more coordination and planning for it would have made it even better.
Anyway, no one can deny the spirit the DSP group has and the zest everyone showed today.
Little Boy with his caterpillar & Girl with her scarecrow
Our booth was so popular with the young and old students... and teachers from other schools too stayed for long periods learning and making craft works.
Egg-painting was the most popular with the students. We had other schools' students stuck to our booth before they actually visited their own... their teachers came to our booth to tell us that!
We attracted lots of visitors throughout the event and still more came to make their own handicraft work even after the event was officially over at 1:00PM.
We received lots of compliments from many teachers from other schools. The most satisfying to me were the ones coming from our DSP-assigned teacher and Sonny's own school principle.
Throughout the event and towards the end, both Wifey and I, and I am sure the rest of the parents too, did not feel tired. It was just fun to be there and be apart of it.
It was heartwarming to see the children and students being proud of their craft works that they could take home with them. Each of them got a gift for completing making their craft. They also got the gift of ideas on how fun it is to turn unwanted items into masterpieces during the process.
Our slogan "From Trash To Treasure" really came true for many today.
Saving Gaia is really that much fun. Everyone should do it.