The staff at Evergreen Elementary School in San Jose California just south of San Francisco, recently hosted a Build-A-Bike ® team building event in San Jose California to promote collaboration among co-workers. One of California’s 2012 Distinguished Schools, Evergreen Elementary is committed to creating a positive environment for both students and staff. They wanted noticed that while most of their professional learning community teams had great teamwork it didn’t necessarily translate between teams. The Build-A-Bike ® event helps to show that while a company might be broken into teams or departments, it is important to keep in mind the overall goal and work together as one company rather than a group of teams. For Evergreen Elementary, the overall goal of student achievement requires collaboration between all staff members.

“What we did here today fit in really nicely with what we are working on. This was a wonderful event.”Steve Sweeney, Principal Evergreen Elementary

Thirty employees of Evergreen Elementary participated in the Build-A-Bike event. Most of the teachers there have been working together for many years and most have been teaching for over ten years. The group had a lot of fun together working through the challenges of the event. They also enjoyed learning from the experience about the importance of collaboration with all members of a team. The event’s tasks encourage the participants to creatively solve puzzles and use every participants unique skills to their fullest. To maximize student achievement it is sometimes required to reach beyond their normal teams.

Beyond learning a new appreciation for collaboration and having a load of fun while doing it, Evergreen Elementary was also able to give back to their community. The teams successfully constructed six new bicycles which were donated to the East Valley Family YMCA. When the kids came into to receive their new bikes it was an emotional time for the educators. There were more than a few tears being shed. It was very heartwarming to see the staff’s commitment to education and overall well being of all children, not just their own students. While one event might not make an instant and massive change, the Build-A-Bike Team Building Event was definitely a big step in the right direction. Thank you to the staff at Evergreen Elementary School for hosting a fun and memorable Build-A-Bike event.