How Students Rebuild Works
Explore a global issue
Each school year we issue a Challenge, a critical problem faced by young people in the world, and invite students to respond. Register, then dig in using our free resources.
Make art and mail it in
Use our easy-to-follow instructions to create specific artwork related to this year’s Challenge. When it’s finished, join hundreds of thousands of other participants in sending your art our way.
Activate donations that support other young people
For every piece of art we receive, the Bezos Family Foundation donates to programs helping the people your students have learned about. Collective creativity adds up to real impact and helps raise awareness about important issues.
The 2019 Challenge
More than 100,000 students from 1,000 teams in 40 countries dove into the Ocean Challenge, making it one of the largest campaigns in our 10-year history.
When the Challenge ended on June 8, 2019—World Oceans Day—teams had surpassed our Challenge goal of making 250,000 sea creatures! Each artwork was matched with a $2 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation—raising $500,000 in total.
Funds donated through the Challenge have helped 9 nonprofit organizations with coral restoration and conservation training for coastal youth. A culminating exhibit featuring student-made artwork opens at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium on July 23, 2019.
"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."
Increasing global understanding through 6.1 million pieces of artwork and counting.
Insights from participants
High school student, Long Island, NY“Through Students Rebuild and different classes at our school, I've been able to expand my mind and know more about the world in general. Also, it's sparked interest in what I want to pursue in the rest of my life.”
Pieces of Art: 3
Kindergarten Teacher, Roanoke Virginia“I love how Students Rebuild allows my students to connect not only students within their own community but to students in other countries across the globe. They loved that they could be a part of that."
Pieces of Art: 200
Middle School Principal, Athens, OH“I believe projects like this bridge the gap and make our global community that much smaller. You're motivated to think about other people and see what you can do to improve a situation not just at home but somewhere else."
Pieces of Art: 2,957