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A Sustainability Learning Cycle: Green Team Teaches Grades 3-5; They’ll Teach K-2

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by Madison (Maddie) Barkate, Green Team Recycling Chair, Grade 5 and Ms. Morgan Young, Lower School Science Teacher

The Green Team has a dream. In September, our eight representatives were elected as Student Council Green Team members. Our goal is to make our school a better, greener place by educating everyone in the Lower School about simple sustainability practices we can adopt here on campus.

On October 20, after much research, the Green Team kicked off its mission with a day of Lower School education sessions that included discussions, demonstrations and games. We moved from classroom to classroom to educate the Big Buddies – students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 who are paired with younger counterparts in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2. In teams of two, we gave three different talks to nine classrooms in all. Our three topics were: water conservation and reusing items like plastic milk jugs as planters, how to determine the difference between goods for recycling, composting and trash, and the basics of composting.

With this information, the Big Buddies are set to take on the role of educating their Little Buddies throughout the month of November. This day of fun education was in preparation for the cool, new bins that are set to arrive soon in the Lower School lunch area that will allow students to recycle and compost with ease, with the help of St. Margaret’s waste services provider, CR&R. These changes that we are making in the Lower School will help us take another big step in the direction of making our school a better, more environmentally conscious place.

 

 

 

 

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