I just saw a lovely picture of my friends little boy on Facebook and clicked to see what he had been up to.
Here in the Netherlands in various towns (not everywhere), some of the local council have a brilliant initiative that lets the local children collect all the old Christmas trees that people leave outside their house for recycling.
The kids actually get paid 50 cents per tree for collecting them and taking them to one of the local collection points. In addition to the money that they receive for the trees they also get 1 lottery entry per tree. The more trees they collect the more chances the have of winning gift vouchers in a competition.
I remember my nephew doing this years ago as a child and I thought it was a great idea back then.
It’s Fun To Recycle
What An Achievement!
At just 7 years old my friend’s son and his friend had managed to collect a whopping 121 Christmas trees!
A lot of pain, very tiring but oh so satisfying!
Entrepreneurial Dutch Kids
The kids here in Nederland have numerous chances to exercise their entrepreneurial skills.
An example of this is during many occasions such as Kings day and various other celebrations which often have free markets taking place. The kids can sell their old stuff, sell cakes and cookies, paint nails, busk etc).
The Dutch are renowned in history for their global trading skills. This is just another example of the business acumen which is instilled in the children from an early age.
The kids take it so seriously and work so hard, I think this definitely helps create good work ethics for the future!
What do you think about this initiative?
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