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One Plus Project

2012 Arlington, Virginia, USA

After learning about some of the problems that affect the Chesapeake Bay, sixth graders at Swanson Middle School realized the with 17 million residents in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, “if all those people did one little action to help clean the Bay, that would be 17 million little actions.” In forming their project, they decided to focus their action on convincing others to take that one little action.

The project involved creating a large mural-style drawing depicting a flowing stream. The mural was overlaid with removable transparent bookmarks, each of which described a simple action one could take to improve watershed health. The bookmarks themselves depicted images of something negative (such as litter), and the viewer’s removal of a bookmark would represent the viewer’s commitment to the positive action described. Their completed project they posted at school.