This spring, Carmel Middle School Green Team students learned that if you ask, you just might receive! After researching recycling in public places, they composed a letter to Mayor Brainard, asking for recycling containers along our city’s Main Street. In May, Mayor Brainard wrote back to the students saying that the City is reviewing quotes for these containers and that we should see them along Main Street “perhaps before the beginning of next school year.” These students learned that they can make a difference in their community. The CCS Green Team is proud of and grateful for their efforts!
In December, Carmel Middle School Green Team students put out a call to their classmates and teachers to clean out their toy boxes in order to share with those less fortunate. Students and teachers brought in hundreds of gently used toys and games which were brought to the Julian Center. There, the toys were given to youth whose families are in crisis.
Birds at Orchard Park Elementary will find tasty treats this winter at some bird feeders made with TLC. In November, students in the OPEGreen Club took recycled milk containers and juice cartons cut and decorated them, and filled them with food for the birds. The students hung the feeders in the courtyard nature lab, where they have also placed birdhouses they made from recycled materials last year.
With over 4,000 students, CHS has the potential to produce a huge amount of waste. Students in the Environmental Club, however, are helping to reduce the amount of trash the school creates. Along with providing recycling containers in the school hallways for paper, aluminum and plastic, they have created signage displaying what can be recycled in the cafeteria. All CHS students have the opportunity to make a tremendous positive impact by recycling cafeteria waste, and these signs are making it easier!
Orchard Park Elementary’s Green Club received paper grocery bags from a local store. They decorated them with Earth Day messagesand gave the bags back to the store to distribute to their customers. Nothing makes an impact like children’s art!
This Earth Day Bulletin Board was made with loving hands. Each handprint tells what it can do to take care of our Earth. For example, “This hand can plant a tree” or “This hand recycles”. What a great “hands-on” way to get kids thinking about what they can do to help our environment.
Recycling club members at College Wood received a Carmel Green Teen Grant to purchase large recycling bins to be placed throughout the school. Club members will encourage their classmates to take responsibility for recycling as much waste as possible by challenging them to fill the bins each week.
Thanks for making College Wood a greener school!
Smoky Row’s Green Club recently awarded the whole third grade the coveted E.A.R.T.H. award, given to recognize Everyday Actions Resulting in Thoughtful Habits. Smoky Row’s third grade has recycled the most lately, providing an example for the whole school to follow. The third grade even made the rocket trophy, which will be given next month to another group or person who practices sustainability of SRE.
Every year the CCS Green Team puts together a packet of information for teachers and staff at all the schools to help bring awareness to Earth Day. Each day has a theme and we provide daily annoucements that can be used during the week, along with book and website resources. Here is what the team put together for this year:
Elementary Themed Day Chart
Elementary Annoucements and Resources
Middle and High School Themed Day Chart
Middle and High School Annoucements and Resources
Carmel Middle School students help collect gently used toys for America Recycles Day. The toys were delivered to the Julian Center for use by the children there. Thank you to all who donated!