In honor of Earth Day, I told my second graders that the paper towel dispenser was closed. Then we did a multiplication problem to figure out how many paper towels our school throws away every year, assuming that every student uses one a day for 178 school days. The grand total: 98,078. You know how the audience on Rachael Ray 30-minute meals applaud when RR adds cheese? That's how seven year olds react to large numbers. It's awesome.
My reward for my contribution to teaching the younger generation about conservation? Hugs. From kids with damp shirts. Cause that's how they dry their hands now.