DEEP: 2003 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2003 School Related

Name Of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Immaculate High School
Danbury, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Immaculate High School incorporated The Action Plan for the Management of Candlewood Lake, authored by the Candlewood Lake Authority, into an educational initiative. This document was used as the basis for a unit on Lake Management in an Environmental Studies II course. This course will be made available to all of the high schools located within the five municipalities surrounding Candlewood Lake, with hopes that they too will implement it into their respective science curricula.

Kevin Dunleavy, Science Instructor
Immaculate High School
Danbury, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Mr. Dunleavy wrote an Environmental Studies II course which incorporates a unit on lake management. The Action Plan for the Management of Candlewood Lake, authored by The Candlewood Lake Authority, was used in his curriculum. The students do not only review the document itself, but also assess the management schemes that exist within the watershed municipality they are assigned. Additionally, students contact municipal leaders to solicit their responses to the document, as well as any management plans being considered.

St. Mary Magdalen School
Environmental Club
Sherrie Gemmell and Nancy Waiculonis, Environmental Club Advisors
Oakville, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations The Environmental Club of St. Mary Magdalen School consists of 45 students from grades 5, 6, and 7. Mrs. Gemmell and Mrs. Waiculonis are advisors to The Environmental Club. Over the past few years, they have been responsible for beautifying the school grounds by maintaining and adding several gardens. In 2002, a new walkway was put in by an Eagle Scout (alumni of the school), allowing people to more easily enjoy the bird sanctuary established in 1998 by the Environmental Club. That sanctuary now has been expanded to include additional gardens and bird baths. Students are responsible for filling the bird feeders with a variety of seeds. Butterfly bushes have also been added in the gardens.

Southeast Elementary School
The Green Thumbs Club
Mansfield, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations and separating organic materials at schools or cafeterias for composting or animal feed The Green Thumbs Club is an after school club consisting of 3rd and 4th grade students who want to learn more about environmentally-related issues, and who want to become more actively involved in promoting earth-friendly causes. The club meets once or twice a month under the direction of three Southeast teachers and the Town of Mansfield Recycling Coordinator. Activities for this year included: maintenance of the school composter, screening cured compost, and using the compost to make planting soil for the greenhouse; learning about the role of decomposters in the composting process; growing plants from seed using Southeast compost and selling the plants for fundraising activities; collecting used toner cartridges from the school and the community for recycling; learning about packing made from post-consumer recycled material; and creating an information booth at BJís Wholesale Club to promote the purchase of products using packaging made from post-consumer recycled material.

Warren School
Warren, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations and installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system. The Warren School administration strongly supported the numerous environmental projects and activities undertaken by the students and teachers. This effort involved the entire school and included coordination with local businesses and the community.

Kindergarten Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Kindergarten class combined efforts with the third grade class at Warren School to plant seeds, nurture seedlings and transplant plants around the school yard to attract wildlife and beautify the environment. Plant life studies increased student awareness of the importance of plant life in their community.

1st Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property In the fall, the first graders at Warren School cleaned up, weeded and planted bulbs in their butterfly garden to come up in the spring. The garden looked beautiful after the long cold winter. They also maintained the bird feeder in the butterfly garden all winter. They also weeded the garden and planted some annuals and perennials and mulched the garden.

2nd Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The second grade class at Warren School has continued to maintain the butterfly garden behind their classroom. The students have also researched the life cycle of monarch butterflies, and the vegetation needed to support a "healthy butterfly population". Students and their families also participate in the maintenance of the Warren School Community Garden.

3rd Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The third grade class at Warren School has been helping the kindergarten class plant seeds, nurture seedlings and transplant plants around the school yard to attract wildlife and beautify the environment. Plant life studies increased student awareness of the importance of plant life in their community.

4th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The fourth grade class at Warren School has established a nature trail for their school and the community. They researched plants and animals indigenous to their area. They took notes and used their writing skills to compose short descriptions to inform people of the plants and animals which could be found along the trail. A parent built wooden trail markers which the students stained and installed along the trail. The brief descriptions were added to the trail markers. They also continue to serve as the "Eco-Team" in their school which includes collecting the organic waste in the cafeteria and adding it to the school compost bin.

5th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Last year, the fifth and sixth grade classes at Warren School began a schoolyard community outreach garden. With the help of families and students, they designed, constructed and maintained the garden. They were able to donate over 200 pounds of produce to Loaves and Fishes of New Milford and held several school-wide celebrations during the fall harvest. This year they will continue to support the local soup kitchen. They are also in the process of extending the garden to include a strawberry terrace and peace-herb gardens that will be created through the families, students and their sister school, Bridgeport's Thomas Hooker School.

6th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT

 
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Last year, the sixth and fifth grade classes at Warren School began a schoolyard/community outreach garden. With the help of families and students, they designed, constructed and maintained the garden. They were able to donate over 200 pounds of produce to Loaves and Fishes of New Milford and held several school-wide celebrations during the fall harvest. This year they will continue to support the local soup kitchen. They are also in the process of extending the garden to include a strawberry terrace and peace-herb gardens that will be created through the families, students and their sister school, Bridgeport's Thomas Hooker School.

Student Council
Kathy Newton and Joanne Woodington Student Council Advisors
Warren School
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Each year the Warren School Student Council elects to purchase flowering pear trees for their school. The trees are purchased with funds raised by the student council. They plant the trees along the edge of the playground to provide shade and beautify the school grounds. Ms. Newton, a second grade school teacher and Ms. Woodington a fourth grade school teacher at the Warren School also volunteer their time as Co-Advisors to the Warren School Student Council. They have been instrumental in the ongoing fundraising by the council to raise funds to purchase flowering pear trees which are planted along the edge of the playground to provide shade and beautify the school grounds.

Kathi Brown, Librarian
Warren School
Warren, CT

 
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year To celebrate the book "The Secret Garden", by Frances Hodgson, the Warren School library created their own secret garden where students can come to read and enjoy literacy. This year each student planted one bulb to enhance the beauty of the garden.

Lionel Coelho
Coelho Landscaping
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Lionel Coelho volunteered his landscaping crew to remove sod in order for Warren School to fulfill their gardening goals of 2003. This was a labor intensive job, and Mr. Coelho and his crew completed it without hesitation. The removed sod is being stored in a designated area and will be used to repair the school grounds at a future date.

Brian Kitney
New Milford Farms

New Milford, CT

 
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Approximately four years ago, New Milford Farms adopted Warren School to support their environmental projects. Upon creating the garden last year, New Milford Farms generously donated and delivered compost and mulch, covered the cost of bus transportation to environmental related field trips and continues to offer their assistance whenever possible. Their unwavering assistance has facilitated the creation of their community outreach garden.

Honors Biology Class
Ruth Blackwood, Honors Biology Class Teacher
West Haven High School
West Haven, CT

 
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations Ms. Blackwood and her Honors Biology Class at West Haven High School were the first class to participate in the PROJECT SEARCH at West Haven. SEARCH is a program that teaches students important lessons in earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry, geography, and mathematics from water samples they collect from local rivers and streams. The program also gives students insight into using state-of-the-art field techniques in the collection and interpretation of scientific data. As part of the SEARCH program, the class of approximately 50 students visit the Bayer Pharmaceuticals campus in West Haven to conduct water quality monitoring of the Oyster River that runs through the property.

Health, Environment & Safety Department
Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation

West Haven, CT

 
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations In 2002, Bayer Pharmaceuticals - Health, Environment & Safety Department utilized its corporate campus for environmental and wildlife education through special outreach efforts to several local schools. The first PROJECT SEARCH team was established with West Haven High School on Bayer property in 2002. SEARCH is a program that teaches students important lessons in earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry, geography, and mathematics from water samples they collect from local rivers and streams. The high school students come onto the Bayer property twice a year to monitor water quality in the Oyster River. Grammar school students are treated to a bird banding session conducted by Connecticut Audubon Society on Bayer property and tours of the Nature Preserve highlighting many of its wildlife habitat features. Bayer's involvement with PROJECT SEARCH is an extension of the well-established Making Science Make Sense outreach program.

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