DEEP: 2004 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2004 School Related

Name of Company/Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Warren School Student Council
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, which are purchased with funds they raise. They plant the trees along the edge of the playground to provide shade and to beautify the school grounds.

Kathi Brown, Librarian
Warren School Library
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year. The Warren School "Secret Garden", created in 2003, continues to grow. In the fall of 2003, tulips and daffodils were planted by all K-6 students. A bird house, bird feeder and a picnic table were also added welcoming birds to their outdoor reading area. When weather permits, students are invited to join the library aide and enjoy literacy in the peaceful setting of the secret garden.

Families of Warren School
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Since 2002, families of Warren School students have contributed many weekend and summer hours to help create and maintain their school/community outreach garden, Harvest of Dreams. This garden, consisting of three raised beds (18' x 15' each) constructed from reused concrete road barriers, two swing set beds, an herb garden and a three-tiered strawberry trellis, was created with the support and manpower of many of the school’s families. During the summer, families volunteer for a one week commitment to maintaining the garden. This includes watering, weeding, harvesting, and transporting the produce to the area soup kitchen and food bank of New Milford. This garden generates many worthwhile activities and learning experiences throughout the school year, and without the support and encouragement of the families of Warren School, this would not be possible.

Kindergarten Class, Warren School
Warren, CT

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property. The kindergarten class at Warren School planted bulbs, seedlings, and seeds along with the third grade class to create a butterfly garden to attract wildlife to the school grounds. The children worked together to study the life cycle of a seed and to improve the beauty of the school grounds. This project encouraged ownership and respect for the environment in their community and the joy of making things clean, beautiful and healthy.

1st Grade Class, Warren School
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year. The first graders at Warren School have planted bulbs in their butterfly garden and in various spots on the school property. Some of the bulbs were donated to the class. They also maintain this garden by weeding, raking and mulching. They planted annuals and perennials, and maintained a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder in their garden.

2nd 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. Warren School's second grade class continues to be concerned about the perceived scarcity of the monarch butterflies in their area. They have researched the life cycle of the butterfly, watched the process from egg to butterfly in the classroom, monitored the migration of the monarchs on line, and researched the types of vegetations and habitats necessary to support a healthier monarch population. Students have planted and maintained a butterfly garden which continues to grow and change each year. Students in grade two, along with their families, participate in the care and upkeep of the community gardens at Warren School.

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 planted bulbs, seedlings, and seeds along with the kindergarten class to create a butterfly garden to attract wildlife to the school grounds. The children worked together to study the life cycle of a seed and to improve the beauty of the school grounds. This project encouraged ownership and respect for the environment in their community and the joy of making things clean, beautiful and healthy.

4th Grade Class, Warren School
Warren, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; 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. The fourth grade students at Warren School are responsible each year for maintaining their school's Nature Trail. Students make repairs to existing signs which house information. They also update facts which they uncover through research on seasonal plants. This year, the fourth grade worked with School Nature Area Program (SNAP) teacher, Tricia Lombardi, to enhance their trail through a grant obtained by Warren School Principal Paula Cassidy. Students also obtained information through the internet and consultations with Mr. Jeffrey Greenwook at the White Memorial Conservation Center. Students used the knowledge they gained to conduct tours of the trail for parents and other students at Warren School. Another project the fourth grade students were involved in was Project Feeder Watch, which is an internet-based project that works with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, one of the largest research teams in North America, to help tally and track populations of birds in their area. A bird feeder was purchased and set up. Beginning in October, 2003, the students researched on the internet the birds most commonly sited in Northwest Connecticut. From November, 2003 to March, 2004, students observed and recorded the birds that visited their feeder. Students also benefited from six visits during the year from the SNAP teacher to help with their study. Students learned how to identify birds using the Peterson Bird ID Guide. Other lessons included bird migration, types of beaks, feeding habits, and nesting. Each student kept a journal of the birds they observed, which included pictures and interesting facts on each species.

5th Grade Class, Warren School
Warren, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations. Fifth grade students participate in all the school planting which occurs every May at Warren School. In addition, they work with their families to "tend the garden" during the summer weeks when school is in recess. While the garden project is mainly the responsibility of the sixth grade class, the fifth grade assists as needed and since the garden is located outside the fifth and sixth grade classrooms, they help to "watch it grow".

6th Grade Class, Warren School
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations. Sixth grade students of Warren School have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to their school/community outreach garden that enriches both the students and community of Warren School. This past fall, the sixth grade held a Harvest Luncheon for the students, families and community members of Warren. Their responsibilities included harvesting, washing, chopping, sautéing, and serving the vegetables at this luncheon. This luncheon proved to be a tremendous success as it hosted more people at a school lunch than any in recent years. Sixth grade students also have the responsibility of generating the garden for this year's planting. This includes preparing the beds, starting the seeds indoors, and holding a whole-school planting day in which they teach and help each student plant seeds and plants in their garden. It is due to this commitment that their garden is able to enrich the lives of so many.

David Van Syckle
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations. Since 2003, Mr. David Van Syckle has generously contributed to supporting the school/community outreach garden at Warren School, Harvest of Dreams. Mr. Van Syckle provided the students with pathway stones, plants, mulch and other tools necessary to make their garden successful. His support and generosity has allowed them to create a garden that provides a source of environmental learning and curriculum enhancement for the students, along with being able to donate the produce to the local soup kitchen and food bank.

Roaring Brook School
Avon, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats. The children at Roaring Brook School in Avon have participated in numerous events throughout the school year that promote the conservation and preservation of critical habitats. The Roaring Brook School administration has strongly supported the numerous environmental projects and activities undertaken by the students and teachers, as these efforts have involved the entire elementary school. The students participated in America/Connecticut Recycles Day in November, 2003, signing pledge cards promising to recycle whenever possible. The children brought over 900 plastic grocery bags to school during the week of Connecticut Recycles Day, all of which were returned to the Stop and Shop in Simsbury for recycling. In addition, the PTO funded the purchase of white paper recycling bins for each classroom (the brainchild of Head Custodian Mike Pesino) to support the recycling effort at school. Connecticut Recycles Day also led to the year-round collection of empty inkjet cartridges in the computer room for recycling. The students also attended several Earth Day events and participated in numerous conservation and environmental activities during a weeklong Earth Day celebration. These included an assembly about rain forests and the importance of these critical habitats and the creatures that inhabit them; a collection of used sneakers to contribute to the Dept. of Environmental Protection's Nike Reuse a Shoe recycling effort; an EnviroScape interactive model exhibiting nonpoint source pollution set up at all grades' recesses (one third grade boy remarked, "This is even better than my Gameboy!"); and a one-day garbage weighing after each grade's lunch to raise awareness of how much garbage each student throws away at lunch, and to establish a baseline to measure progress if future recycling/composting efforts are initiated in the cafeteria next year. Finally, on Arbor Day the children helped plant a flowering pear tree on the Kindergarten playground, and helped install used tires in the Grades 1-4 playground to mark the importance of removing tires from the waste stream and reusing them instead.
Senior Bio-Environmental
Technology Class
Ella T. Grasso South Eastern Regional Vocational Technical School
Groton, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year. Fourteen senior students of the Bio-Environmental Technology program at Ella T. Grasso Vocational School in Groton designed, planned and planted a Xeriscape Garden. A Xeriscape Garden is a low water garden that helps to conserve water resources. The project was created in co-operation with The Thames River Garden Club with funding being provided by Pfizer. The Town of Groton, Recreation Department donated the woodchips used in the garden. The Xeriscape Garden surrounds the school's sign and is seen as you approach the school.

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