My 30 students are in grades 2 through 5 and attend our neighborhood Title I school (very low income status families), and receive additional academic support as part of their daily curriculum. Most walk to school, yet know very little about their natural world. They travel the same sidewalk route daily but only as a means to arrive to school.
The majority of my students live in small apartments surrounded by asphalt, and have very limited opportunities to safely enjoy and explore the outdoors and learn more about their natural world environment.
They delight though when I take them on field trips, even if it's just for 15 minutes in our school's open field. They chase butterflies and blow wishes with spent dandelions; they watch the clouds and want to climb the trees; they want to know about everything they find and never want to return inside. They so want to know and be part of the natural world that they are.
At the beginning of the school year our club toured our school campus and discovered that, although the campus covers almost a full city block, most of it is barren dusty or muddy dirt, with only a few old benches, and no cans to throw trash or recycle. It is incredibly under utilized and incredibly not user-friendly.
We are committed to beautifying our school campus.
It is our vision to transform our school grounds so that staff, students, and our school neighbors can enjoy our campus. A simple, but necessary first step change is to provide trash cans and recycling bins.
The students will not only take on the responsibility of emptying the cans and bins in appropriate ways, but will also be engaged in monitoring the volume of trash collected, create posters and other resources educating our school community about recycling, and advocate for other clubs to become involved in our beuatification effort.
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