How To Book 20 Appointments in 4 days

child holding brickphone
The truth is, we often book twenty appointments
in one day picking up electronics to recycle.

Suddenly, I have a new respect for our drivers. Fighting traffic and getting places on time is a challenge when you have several appointmentsacross town and inother counties. But we did it. We scheduled twenty Great American Teach-In in four days. This is our fourth year doing Great American Teach-In. The first two years we only did two schools. The third year, it started multiplying. I am not sure why. Is it that hard to get people to do the Teach-Ins? Obviously, we don’t get a lot of electronics to recycle in these teach-ins, but one school, Family of Christ School, on Bruce B Downs, had quite a collection for us.

kids in classroom looking at technology
I think it is important to do our part in the community.
Although I probably won’t schedule twenty Great American Teach-Ins in the future, we got through them all unscathed. Some classes were easier than others. It is amazing how one grade seems very interested in the process of electronic recycling, and the next higher grade seemed to be bored.

It was great fun to show some sixth and seventh graders ‘brick’ phones.

I remember when they were in use, and it still amazes me. Not the phone itself, but how far we have come in technology. Everything is lighter and smaller, yet Apple is coming up with larger phones. Do you think Apple is catering to the baby boomers? Just a thought. We also have a clear plastic container to show the small pieces of hard drives after they are shredded. Most of the kids were more interested in the gold content in computers and cell phones. They all wanted to take some gold home. If they only knew the volume we have to accumulate for any substantial amount of gold. I do want to share something with my fellow geeks I learned from one of the I.T. guys that sat in on the session. He said the motherboard is like the vital organs and the processor is like the brain of the computer. If you ever want to explain to children the parts of a computer, this is a simple analogy. I used that in every Great American Teach-in I did. If you get a chance to do a Great American Teach-In, I suggest you take the opportunity. Just like any other marketing, you have to consider your audience. Find out what grade you are presenting to and what is the class size. The more visuals the better. And keep the questions coming. If you depend on them asking questions, good luck. I find the younger ones ask questions and the older ones don’t. I suppose they don’t want to sound ignorant. Don’t worry about blank looks. Just keep going. They usually don’t last over thirty minutes. In conclusion, I do not recommend doing twenty Great American Teach-Ins in one week. It’s easy to do two at one school, but I like to do two different schools. I like to see the education system at work. There are unbelievable differences in the school location and the discipline of the students. I will continue to show anyone I can how important it is to recycle electronics. It’s more than a passion; it’s a purpose.