We need rolling trashcans, trashbags, walkie-talkies, dustpans and brooms for the "Green Team" to clean our school yard and neighborhood.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
About My Students
We are a school in Philadelphia that serves a diverse population of students. In fact, our students speak more than 30 languages and we learn from all the cultures that make up our student body. Many of our students are immigrants who are experiencing school in America for the first time while learning English.
Our 7th grade STEM class is participating in a program called, "Global Scholars," where we talk, learn and collaborate about sustainability and our environment with students from all over the world. We created the "Green Team" to apply what we are learning while caring for our schoolyard and surrounding neighborhood.
In the neighborhood where our school is located, litter is a persistent problem. When we first created the "Green Team," students cast doubt that their actions would even make a difference. However, after a year together, one student remarked that "I realized it's not just one person making a lot of litter... It's a lot of people throwing just a little bit of trash on the ground." All the students reported littering less and telling a friend why they should not litter.
This project is an important way to teach students how to care for their neighborhood and empower them to solve problems in their own community. Our "Green Team" students act as leaders in our school and can often been seen teaching the younger students how to care for our school yard. This project is a great platform to discuss sustainability and global responsibility of trash disposal.
In Their Own Words
Nevaeh says, "We created the "Green Team" and wrote a mission statement that we wanted to help our community by taking action and teaching others while working together as a team. We want our schoolyard to be a place that the students at our school can be proud to play in. We want to show the people in our school and in our neighborhood that we can make a difference."
Mekhi says, "When we go out to clean our schoolyard, we split into 4 groups. Each group has a leader and everyone else has a specific job. We take turns being the group leaders so everyone has a chance to be in charge. During a 45 minute period, we try to get as much cleaned up as possible. Sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out what the other groups are doing when we are far apart from each other. One day I brought in my walkie-talkies from home and it solved this problem. That is why we think having walkie-talkies will help us be more efficient and clean even more streets when all the teams are working together."
Fatima says, "If our project is funded, we will be able to do even more for our school yard and neighborhood. The brooms we have now require us to bend down to use the dustpans and pick up the litter by hand. The long handled dustpan will help us because we won't have to bend down as much and can quickly sweep up the litter. The rolling trashcans will help us to travel around the neighborhood and carry the litter back to our school to throw away in our dumpster. We like that the little kids see us cleaning up the litter and follow our example."
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