In September 2014 a government reform changed the school week for children at nursery and primary schools in France. Three hours a week are now dedicated to extra-curricular activities, (sport, art, and culture), to stimulate children’s curiosity. So what happens when the Disney VoluntEARS take charge of those hours? Fun-filled workshops where children learn about the environment in an exciting way – that’s what!
The Disney VoluntEARS’ work in schools
In September 2014 the Disney VoluntEARS went back to school. The Chessy town council asked them to set up workshops in three of the town’s primary schools: the Cornélius, Gaïus and Tournesol primary schools.
The workshops last an hour and a half and take place throughout the year on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for primary school children aged 6 to 11 years old (moving to a new school each term).
Environmental protection takes centre stage
The Corporate Citizenship and Horticulture departments at Disneyland Paris have joined forces to develop five workshops for children. By working together they are able to pool one department’s environmental expertise with the other’s experience in community ventures.
“Bees and biodiversity”, “Discovering the garden and compost” and “Trees” are just some of the themes the children are exploring through games and activities.
The cherry on the cake is the time members of the Horticulture department are able to free up so that they can join the Disney VoluntEARS and share their passion for their work and their commitment to preserving nature with the children.