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Posted on July 10, 2013 by Tricia There have been 1 comment(s)

We are wrapping up the school year here in Rhode Island and it’s hard to gauge whether students or teachers are happiest about that fact! The end-of–the-year is happy chaos, but I always try to take time to reflect with my students on what they have learned throughout the year.  Students in our seventh grade Spanish classes have studied the concept of Fair Trade this year and as a fun, culminating activity they participated in a logo competition. They looked at logos from a variety of Fair Trade organizations, including MayaWorks, and then designed their own image and tagline.  Advertising executives take note: these are some budding professionals! Their task was to consider the message they wanted to share about the importance of Fair Trade in a simple, creative way.

We were pretty impressed with the ability of these thirteen and fourteen year olds to understand the critical role that they have in this important issue of social justice.  When I asked them what they were trying to convey in their logos, this is what some of them had to say:

  • “It’s about the people, not just the product. I think that’s the most important thing.”
  • “I want people to think about the choice before they buy. Because money talks.”
  • “It’s like taking a minute before buying something to actually think about where it came from.”


Listen to their words and check out the new products at MayaWorks: shop happily, knowing that you are supporting Fair Trade!

¡Buenas vacaciones del verano!

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1 Response to Summer Thinking

  • What a wonderful activity.. Was this a competition in your school? Would love to get my students involved.

    Posted on March 29, 2016 at 11:01 am