As part of its role as a responsible corporate citizen, Goodyear Malaysia has donated tyres to Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 20 (SK 20) in Shah Alam for use in the school’s recreational activities as well as workshop training to teach students the importance of recycling.
Besides the practical applications, some of the donated tyres have become decorative pieces around the school. The school used some of the tyres to create sculptures that offer a differentiated learning environment for the SK 20 students. The sculpture idea was inspired by the two statues at the 2018 Cotton Bowl that were crafted out of Goodyear tyres. The Cotton Bowl is annual college American football match, played between two teams in the semi-finals as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football league.
This initiative was spearheaded by Aizatul Ashraf, a teacher at SK 20 who noticed the bare school grounds. “Schoolchildren absorb information and knowledge from many sources, including their surroundings. By showing how the tyres are used as pots for plants and decorations around the school, I hope that they learn that everything can be put to good use with the right mindset,” said Aizatul.
Anthony Fonseka, Marketing Communication and Service Manager, Goodyear Malaysia said, “We are more than happy to support this community in which we are proud to be a part of. We know the tyres are being put to good use, so we hope that this will inspire and empower the students of SK 20 to take care of the environment by constantly finding new ways to repurpose used items in a safe environment.”
“The tyres that we donated to the school would have been recycled and so are unsuitable for the market. We are happy to see them serving a new decorative and practical reasons, which to us is the same as being recycled. We now have more space in our inventory and the school has new tyres put to good use. We’d say it’s a win-win situation!” he added.