Can you do something to change the world? Fourth grader Sawyer Miller has answered that question with a resounding yes. After his teacher showed him AOO's website, Sawyer built and installed two Beach Clean Up Stations on the shores of his hometown of Lake Okoboji, Iowa.
A new video produced and directed by AOO volunteer superstar Marcelina Martin documents the many steps of Sawyer's project. First Sawyer went to the local hardware store to get donated wood. Then he asked the high school shop teacher for help building the Stations. Next Sawyer went to the City Council for permission to put the Stations on the beaches. Finally, Sawyer went to the Okoboji Protective Association for funding. He asked for $150, but left with $400.
Okoboji Protective Association President Barry Sackett says Sawyer's Stations are a great example of the "little things all of us can do every day."
For his part, Sawyer's already working on his next "little thing"— a campaign against plastic drinking straws in Lake Okoboji restaurants.