I joined several of my USGBC colleagues for a fantastic Green Apple Day of Service at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, MD, my new neighborhood. As students came by to work on the school garden, paint rocks, learn about butterflies and more, we were reminded of some of life's most important lessons that hold as true in the workplace as they do in the schoolyard:
- Criticizing another person's garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.
- Lots of hands working together have a big impact.
- If you can’t work together nicely, don’t work together at all!
- Own up to your mistakes and always learn from them.
- Play fair.
Schools are living laboratories, not only for kids, but for adults too! Green Apple Day of Service reminded us that where we learn matters. After all, the lessons we learn at school stay with us for life.
There was one more lesson we learned as we toiled away in Spellman's garden: Mother Nature is a tough cookie, and we've all got to pitch in to take care of her!