FAQs

Do you have questions about the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge? We have answers! Don’t see your question here? Please contact us.

Mailing pinwheels

  1. What is the deadline to mail in pinwheels?
  2. How do I mail in pinwheels? Do I also need to mail in the handles / sticks? 
  3. What if I live outside of the United States?
  4. What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our pinwheels? 

Pinwheel-making

  1. Can I send pre-manufactured / store-bought pinwheels?
  2. Can I make pinwheels and keep them and they still count for the Healing Classrooms Challenge?
  3. How will making pinwheels help Syrian youth? Who provides the funding?
  4. What happens to the pinwheels I mail in?

About Students Rebuild and the Healing Classrooms Challenge

  1. What is Students Rebuild?
  2. Who are the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge Partners? What are their roles?
  3. Why is the Challenge "call to action" item a pinwheel?
  4. What is Healing Classrooms?

What is the deadline to mail in pinwheels?

The Healing Classrooms Challenge deadline is April 30, 2016. You must ensure your pinwheels are postmarked by that day. You can send pinwheels as many times as you like between now and the deadline.

How do I mail in pinwheels?

You can just send us the top part of the pinwheel—sending the handle / stick is not necessary. Please write the following information on the outside of the package:

  1. The name of your Healing Classrooms Challenge Team (the name you chose when you registered)
  2. The number of people on your team
  3. The number of pinwheels inside the box

Make sure your pinwheels are completely dry/ not sticky. We sometimes receive items which are stuck together and unfortunately can’t use them! Package the pinwheels securely and mail the box to:

Students Rebuild

918 S. Horton St.  #5047

Seattle, WA 98134

What if I live outside of the United States?

If you live outside of the United States and the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to submit “digital” pinwheels! Follow these steps:

  1. Register for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge so your pinwheels will count!
  2. Make your pinwheels.
  3. Take photos of your pinwheels.
  4. Send an email to info@studentsrebuild.org that includes the name of your team, the number of people on your team and the number of the pinwheels your team made. Be sure to attach one or more photos of your pinwheels!
  5. Share your pinwheels on our social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ and use the hashtag #SRSyria. Note: For international teams, your pinwheels won’t count towards the Challenge if you only share them on social media—please follow steps 1-4, too. Thanks!

We’ll match your digital pinwheels with donations to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program to help Syrian youth from conflict areas recover from crisis and grow into happy, healthy adults. Thanks for taking the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge!

What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our pinwheels? 

We don’t want any team to avoid participating in Students Rebuild Challenges due to the costs of shipping. If financial constraints and / or mailing costs are preventing you from sending in pinwheels, please contact us.

Can I send pre-manufactured / store-bought pinwheels?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept or match pinwheels with funding unless they are handmade. We require that students work with their hands on the “call to action” item because we believe in the Carl Wilkens quote: "When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act." We're hopeful that as Challenge participants work on their pinwheels, they will think about the experiences of Syrian youth they’re helping and about the issues of conflict and peace. We want to give all young people a creative way to show they care—and we'll handle the funding.  

Can I make pinwheels and keep them and they still count for the Healing Classrooms Challenge?

Unfortunately, no—you have to share your pinwheels with us for them to count towards the Healing Classrooms Challenge. We know teams often fall in love with the items they create—so feel free to make some pinwheels to keep and some to mail in! If you live outside of the U.S. and participate, you can keep your pinwheels but we need photos of your pinwheels for them to count towards the Challenge. You can find more details about international rules by reading the answer above this one.

How will making pinwheels help Syrian youth? Who provides the funding?

Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. How our Challenges work is we ask young people to learn, connect and take action on critcal global issues. Once they understand the Challenge topic, we ask youth to create symbolic objects which the foundation matches with funding for a good cause. Not every young person has the means or opportunity to raise funds, so we ask them to show they care by creating and mailing in symbols that express their care and concern. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country around the world to take action on critical global issues.

For the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge, we’re asking young people to make and mail in pinwheels to Students Rebuild. The Bezos Family Foundation will match each pinwheel with a $2 donation—up to $400,000—to support the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program to support Syrian refugee children. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. You can learn more about the Bezos Family Foundation here.

What happens to the pinwheels I mail in?

Please register for the Challenge, make your pinwheels and follow our mailing instructions. Once we receive your pinwheels, we’ll ensure they’re counted and each matched with $2—up to $400K—for funding the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program to support Syrian youth. The International Rescue Committee will deliver a selection of the pinwheels you made to Syrian youth—stay tuned to our website for details!

What is Students Rebuild?

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues. Our program began in January, 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Since then, we’ve mobilized thousands of young people in nearly 80 countries—including all states in the U.S. We’ve donated more than $2.5 million in matching funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti, aiding disaster recovery efforts in Asia and supporting livelihoods in Africa—all because students took a stand. Learn more on our About page.

Who are the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge Partners? What are their roles?

Students Rebuild, the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group are partners on the Healing Classrooms Challenge.

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation. The foundation will match each pinwheel made and mailed in for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge with $2—up to $400K—to support the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program.

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. This Students Rebuild Challenge will support International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program which trains teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments.

Global Nomads Group fosters dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth. They are a founding partner of Students Rebuild and have participated in four previous Students Rebuild Challenges: Haiti, One Million Bones, Water and Literacy. GNG will support the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge by hosting a live webcast from Lebanon (Spring 2016), producing short videos about young Syrians who have fled to Lebanon and Iraq (Fall 2015), and other interactive programs. This educational content will all be free and available on Students Rebuild's YouTube channel to further build empathy and connection between Healing Classrooms Challenge participants and Challenge beneficiaries. 

Students Rebuild:  www.studentsrebuild.org

Bezos Family Foundation:  www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org

International Rescue Committee:  www.rescue.org

Global Nomads Group:  www.gng.org

Why is the Challenge “call to action” item a pinwheel?

Pinwheels are simple, fun toys found all over the world. They represent the innocence of childhood, play, delight and a sense of being carefree. They are driven by wind, an incredibly powerful force. Several organizations have adopted the pinwheel as a symbol for peace, and we believe that this popular, functional device is a wonderful way to send wishes of joy, freedom and a happy childhood to youth living amid conflict. Join us and make pinwheels for healing. You can help Syrian youth gain the peace and security that all children deserve.

What is Healing Classrooms?

The International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program trains teachers in special techniques to engage conflict-affected children with social-emotional learning opportunities and to create secure, nurturing learning environments. Learn more about Healing Classrooms

 

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