Earth Week Celebrations 2018
Earth Week celebrations were evident all over the SMCDS campus last week! The celebrations started with an entire school assembly on Monday and ended on Friday with a concluding assembly to present more student projects and a video that highlighted the week’s activities.
In the Lower School, the first graders heard the story Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. They constructed flipbooks about improving the environment and made Earth Day pledges. Our second graders are following the Volvo Ocean Race and focusing on ocean sustainability. The children made posters reminding everyone about the 4 R’s: recycle, reuse, reduce and refuse. Planting radishes, lettuce and cabbage, the third graders did their part by cleaning and planting in the community garden.
They re-purposed plastic containers to grow their seedlings. The children also joined The Great Cabbage Challenge to see who could grow the largest head of cabbage. Our fourth graders constructed water filtration systems during Earth Week. They read the story, A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry and learned the history of the Nashua River. They were given a sample of polluted water and challenged to build a water filtration system with limited time and materials. Congratulations to Rowan and Bailey for their hard work!
In Middle School, a variety of activities took place to celebrate Earth Week. We continued our quest to foster environmental awareness, stewardship for the earth and show the students actions they can take to protect our planet. The kick off to Earth week began with everyone designing and drawing an Earth Day drawing on the sidewalk from the Mason House to the Hill House with colorful chalk. The chalk walk art was delightful. On the second day the middle school students participated in a community clean-up along the Cliff Walk, at First Beach and on campus.
The students collected 27 pounds of litter. Students in science classes talked about ways to contribute to a healthier planet and created personal pledges that were written on cut out leaves and hung on a River Birch that will be planted by the playground to honor Earth Day. We also conducted a “LITTER-LESS LUNCH Day”. This activity was a huge success! Students came to school with reusable containers, thermos’ and lunch bags and also refrained from using microwaves. The fifth grade students wrote about the experience and shared their astute reflections at the concluding assembly. Thursday was “no lights day” to raise an awareness about our energy consumption. On Friday, the sixth grade students presented their “Climate Change and Coral project” during the all school assembly.
The students worked collaboratively in science, art and technology to create the project. They researched questions in science class, created fabulous coral sculptures and a video to present their findings. This project will be presented at Fort Adams during Volvo week. The seventh grade students researched the History of Earth day and developed a keynote presentation for our all school assembly. The eighth grade students designed mannequins with recycled plastic bottles and containers. Their mannequins are being displayed at Lulu Lemon and have been entered into a competition to be held during Volvo week. Thank you to all students, faculty, parents and administration for helping to make this such a successful week.