A trip to San Francisco last May resulted in a “Global Day of Play” at Barnum Elementary on Monday, October 7. The students joined almost 70,000 other kids across the globe in participating in the second annual Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by Caine, a 9-year-old boy from east Los Angeles, who built a cardboard arcade and started a global movement.
Abby Karhara, a fifth grade teacher at Barnum Elementary, had been selected for the Dream Team and granted the trip for Teachfest. She met Caine Monroy and his father, Nirvan.
Caine had built arcade games out of cardboard and placed them in front of his father’s auto parts store, then waited day after day for customers.
A journalist came to play the games one day, and publicized the inventiveness of Caine. The news spread around the world. Now students all over the globe have been inspired by Caine and his creativity.
“My involvement with the Cardboard Challenge started last spring when I was in San Francisco for Teachfest,” wrote Kahara on an email in answer to a request for information. “Caine and Nirvan came and spoke to the Dream Team so I was able to meet them both, which was very exciting.
“Upon my return, I asked if any staff members would like to help plan a Cardboard Challenge for BES. A small committee was formed and we planned Caine’s Arcade.
“What visitors witnessed Monday was the culminating event to the Cardboard Challenge. Across the globe more than 71,000 kids participated in the Global Day of Play.
“I was completely overwhelmed by the response. We had 183 students design and create cardboard arcade games.
“The community response was overwhelming as well. I never imagined we would get such a turnout! It was absolutely inspiring to see what these kids were able to come up with when given a simple task and the freedom to use their imaginations!”