New River Air Station | February 8, 2017
Nearly 50 Camp Lejeune Marines from MALS 29 and MAG 29 pitched in to help DeLalio Elementary School students as they participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge. They joined approximately one million students in 70 countries around the world to build with cardboard.
During January, the students, along with the help of local businesses, gathered piles of discarded cardboard. The morning of Feb. 8, 2017, the Marines and students joined forces to construct the games. At 1 p.m. Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley, Camp Lejeune Commanding Officer, Col. Russell Burton, MCAS New River Commanding Officer, and DoDEA Americas Camp Lejeune Schools Assistant Superintendent Todd Curkendall participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the arcade.
"We believe that this event gives our students the opportunity to learn valuable '21st Century' skills like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork," said Mrs. Kara Fernandez, the resident STEM teacher. "All of these skills are essential for their future success whether that be in college or a career."
The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by Caine Monroy in 2012. At the age of nine, Caine used cardboard boxes and other recycled material to create a working arcade in his Dad's automotive shop. Nirvana Mullick, a customer at Caine's father's shop, was amazed by Caine's arcade. Nirvan organized a flash mob of arcade customers to come out on October 11. 2012, to come and play Caine's games. A video was taken of this flash mob and has since received over 8 million views launching the Imagination Foundation.
The Imagination Foundation created the Global Cardboard Challenge as an open ended event where the rules, themes, and timelines can be determined by the school or community hosting the event.