Bright Futures Academy is committed to the idea of sustainable education. That means that we incorporate dozens of "Green" techniques and strategies to make the mantra of "Recycle-Reduce-Reuse" part of school culture. As part of that, every year we take a week to focus on ways to "Stand Up To Save The Earth."
This year, "Who Will Stand Up To Save The Earth?" week is April 16-20, with our annual EDU-Garden Day capping off the fun on April 21.
Monday, April 16 - Meatless Monday
Meatless Monday is an international movement to help people to reduce their meat consumption to improve personal health and the health of the planet. Going meatless one day a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It also saves precious resources like fresh water and fossils fuels and helps to limit your carbon footprint. Did you know it takes an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water to go into a single pound of beef?
Going meatless on a Monday starts with a trip to the grocery store. Being mindful when we shop is an effective way to make choices that are healthy for our families and our planet. Something else to be mindful of is the amount of waste that results from not being mindful when we shop. Always make sure you bring your own re-usable shopping bags, and remember that if you forget, Publix will accept plastic shopping bags to recycle. Or you could shop at a Zero Waste store, which are built around the philosophy of a litterless world. Ms. Pat visited one a couple of weeks ago in Stuart.
Tuesday, April 17 - Power Down Tuesday
On Tuesday, we power down! Don't forget to 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. Another way to help the planet (and reduce your FPL bills) is switching lightbulbs. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are the most energy (and wallet) efficient bulbs you can buy. 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, April 18 - Water Wise Wednesday
Wednesday at Bright Futures Academy is Water Awareness Day! Did you know that less than 2% of the Earth’s water is fresh water? Or that the average American uses about 150 gallons of water every day? Water is our planet’s most precious resource and small changes to the way we use it can ensure that there's enough for everyone. Earlier this year, it looked like Cape Town, South Africa, was going to become the major city to run out of water! Check out the South Florida Water Management District’s website for some great tips!
Thursday, April 19 - Rethink, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Thursday!
We're adding an extra "R" this year! We have a bin on campus where people can donate gently used clothing, textiles, and shoes (in bags), and they would be recycled. Did you know that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? Or that by recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year? We have to explore ways that we can reduce our use of nonbiodegradable materials, reuse or repurpose older things, and recycle a wide variety of things. Check out Palm Beach County's Solid Waste Authority's webpage for more information about how easy it is to recycle. Plus: did you know that you can return your plastic bags to Publix? There are collection bins set up outside each location. A simple act today can help save our tomorrow.
Friday, April 20 - Procession Of The Species & Research Projects
The Procession of the Species on Friday will highlight the biodiversity of different ecosystems and the kids grades K-4 will dress as an animal or plant species from a selected ecosystem. Our 5-8 students have been working on research projects on this topic and will be presenting throughout the day in the Multipurpose Room. We must maintain species diversification for plant and crop variety, for instance, or for survival of animal species threatened by environmental changes.
Saturday, April 21 - Edu-Garden Day!
You’re invited to join us in our award-winning EDU-Garden™ for a fun and educational day of activities, food, and more! As the top Green School in Palm Beach County since 2016, Bright Futures Academy is happy to host our families and friends each year at our EDU-Garden™ Day.
BFA Is Bringing Back The Family Dinner!
Saturday, April 21, 201810 AM – 1 PM
In The EDU-Garden™
FREE ENTRY TO WIN A CROCK POT OR A HOME GARDEN BOX!
10:00- Welcome Overview
10:15- 12:00- Activities
Make Your Own Custom Kitchen Towels!
Homemade Hummus With Mrs. Pat!
Enjoy No-Bake Energy Bites & Other Desserts!
Explore Backyard “Farm-To-Table” Using A 4x4 Garden Box
12:00 – 1:00 – Tastings!
As part of BFA’s mission to stand up for the earth, we are taking steps to reduce our use of disposable plastic – please remember to bring your own flatware (and a reusable drinking vessel!)