Next week is our annual “Who Will Stand Up To Save The Earth?” Week! We have a lot of activities and lessons planned for the next week to help educate our students and their families about our environment and our duty to act as good stewards of it for future generations.
Monday is Meatless Monday, where we encourage our students and families to eat meatless meals for the day. The idea originated during World War 1 but has since been reintroduced (2003) by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It is interesting to note that presently 36 countries around the world participate in this most environmentally conscious event and deciding to eliminate meat from your diet for only one day keeps a significant amount of carbon from entering the atmosphere!
The District has changed the lunch menu for Monday, April 17 to offer meatless options:
#1 Cheese Pizza
#2 Yogurt Parfait
#3 Muffin Platter
Students may also wear their green “Who Will Stand Up To Save The Earth?” t-shirts along with uniform bottoms on Monday.
On Tuesday, we power down! turn off those lights when you leave a room, ceiling fans too, if no one is in the room; computers and printers, when not in use. Remember also that it takes fuel of some kind to generate the electricity made in those "power" plants. Speaking of fuel, most of us who live where drawbridges impact our travel, know that for every bridge opening, we spend anywhere from 5-15 minutes with our car engines burning gasoline as we wait for the bridge to reopen, so turn your car off.
Wednesday is Water Awareness Wednesday. Did you know that 33% of Florida is in severe drought conditions, including parts of Palm Beach County? Water is often taken for granted because here in Florida, it appears we have plenty, not so in most of the world. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. Try to trim minutes off your morning shower and put a bucket in the shower to catch the water that just runs while the water heats, especially important in hurricane times. Turn off your yard sprinklers if you can, especially when we have those stretches of rainy days.
Thursday is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” day. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is very familiar to most of us. Think reduce first, though it seems a bit more difficult. Consider for instance, reducing your use of plastics so that we do not have to reuse them, or even recycle them because if you think about that, you realize that sooner or later they just come around again and the cycle continues. Use glass to store leftovers, fresher anyway. Use glass water bottles, water just tastes better. Even a metal bottle is better for the environment. Use paper bags from the grocery or those reusable bags made from paper. It's the little things that matter. Several students are going to attempt a “Waste Free” lunch day.
Finally, on Friday, we celebrate the Procession of the Species, which highlights the biodiversity of different ecosystems and the kids will dress as an animal or plant species from a selected ecosystem. Each grade level has been assigned a continent and students may dress as an animal found on that continent!
Kindergarten- Any animal in the world
1st: Antarctica and the Arctic
3rd: South America
4th: North America (specific to Florida ONLY)
5th: North America
In addition to all of those fun activities, during the week we hope that students will participate in our Acts of Green activities! We hope you and your child will have fun completing all the environmentally conscious actions throughout the week and it will lead to productive conversations about ways we can help make our world a better place! Students who turn in a completed activity will receive a prize!
We also hope to see you all on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM for our annual Family EDU-Garden Day. All children must be accompanied by an adult to this event.