My school is an urban school in the city of Richmond, Virginia. This is a Title 1 school and 100% of the students are on the free lunch program. Approximately 25% of the 650 students are ESL students. Teachers at the school have been trying to raise the awareness of environmental issues and outside opportunities with our students. Positioned near the James River and many city parks, the school has two grade levels partnering with an organization that specializes in exposing the students to environmental science standards in an outdoor setting. The school is prime for an environmentally friendly project, if we can come up with one.
Every once in a while a student will display an untapped passion for issues beyond the classroom curriculum.
Sitting at my desk one day, I crumpled up the sheet of paper I had been working on and took a shot at the trash can. Missing it, several students laughed - except for one. This one student became quite indignant and lectured me on recycling and waste. That was when it clicked that the students at our school possessed the enthusiasm for environmental issues that would support a project. An idea began to develop.
Our school has signed up to participate in the Connect the Dots Green School Challenge with USGBC. Some of the goals in this partnership are "environmental stewardship, community outreach and to compliment curriculum standards." After meeting with our assigned mentors, we developed a three prong project.
- A Recycling Program
- A Solar powered pump with a rain barrel
- Enlarge edible garden and compost area
The bins and tubs we are requesting would go along way with the development of Phase One of our project. Once purchased, the Student Council Association will implement the project. Thanks so much for your help!
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