DEEP: 2005 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2005 School Related

Name of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

The Friendship Garden Project
Kerry Edwards
, BMC Teacher
Cohanzie Elementary School
Waterford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The "Friendship Garden" at Cohanzie Elementary School came about after the collaborative efforts of Waterford and New London’s Behavior Management classes. Cohanzie and Winthrop School students spent time planting and tending the sun/shade garden areas. This very special garden was initially created in honor of a school psychologist who died in a car accident in 1997. This garden has brought joy to the hearts of the school staff as well as a great sense of accomplishment to the students who care for it.
The Friendship Garden Project
Winthrop Elementary School

New London, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The "Friendship Garden" at Winthrop Elementary School came about after the collaborative efforts of Waterford and New London’s Behavior Management classes. Cohanzie and Winthrop School students spent time planting and tending the sun/shade garden areas. This very special garden was initially created in honor of a school psychologist who perished in a car accident in 1997. This garden has brought joy to the hearts of the school staff as well as a great sense of accomplishment to the students who care for it.
Southeast Elementary School
Mansfield, CT
Separating organic materials at schools or cafeterias for composting or animal feed; executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program Southeast Elementary School continues to advance the cause of recycling and the promotion of earth-friendly practices. The school continues to compost their food waste and the food waste generated by the town’s two other elementary schools. The compost is used to make planting soil for the school’s greenhouse. In addition to recycling their own paper, plastic, glass, and metal waste, the school also serves as a community collection center for batteries, electronic waste, toner cartridges, and athletic footwear. The school has been active in moving the school’s maintenance department to utilize non-toxic cleaning agents. The school’s Green Thumbs Club is also promoting the purchase of non-toxic cleaning products within the community.
Warren School
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monit oring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations The Warren School has demonstrated a commitment to a wide variety of environmental activities in each classroom that enriches both the students and the Warren community. This year each class contributed time and effort to the school’s outreach garden. The fifth grade class tilled and prepared the raised beds for spring planting. The sixth grade class started seeds indoors, and taught the younger students about planting and caring for the crops. An all school planting was held at the end of May, first and third grade classes selected and displayed prize vegetables for an exhibit at the Bethlehem Fair in September. Kindergarteners canned cucumbers for the annual community/school "Fall Harvest Luncheon". The second and fourth grade classes "put the garden to bed" at the end of the season. It is the dedication to this joint effort that provides our students with a tangible sense of community and the value of working together.
Beth Ulrichsen
Kindergarten, Warren School
Warren, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The kindergarten class studied the life cycle of plants and realized the need to replant and the need to create new "green areas" to promote wildlife on their school grounds. After surveying the grounds, they realized that a group of very old spruce trees were becoming a bit sparce and eventually needed to be removed. In hopes of not creating a bare spot where once many, many birds took refuge, the children planted two young spruces to one day grow up and take the place of the old. More flower bulbs were planted (this time daffodils - in hopes that the moles don't eat them) around the play area and the school sign to welcome all.
Susan Carpenter
1st Grade, 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 donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations The first graders at Warren School have added additional flowering plants to their butterfly garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They maintain this garden by weeding, raking and mulching. They maintained a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder in their garden. In addition, the first graders helped to select, harvest and display vegetables from the school's community garden to enter into the Bethlehem Fair.
Kathy Newton
2nd Grade, 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 donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Warren School's second grade class researched the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. They watched the process from egg to butterfly in the classroom, and researched the habitat and food needs of the butterfly both in the adult and larval state. They participated in Monarch Watch online, and celebrated the releasing of their butterflies in the wild. Students planted, maintained, and increased the scope of a butterfly garden which continues to grow and change every year. The second and fourth grade were responsible for closing our large community garden in the fall, and will be planting wildflower seeds this spring, hoping to increase their natural habitat area. They also hold a second grade Trash Free Lunch week in April hoping to raise awareness regarding recycling and reusing items.
Heather Nypert
3rd Grade, Warren School

Warren, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The third grade class at Warren School planted seedlings and seeds to attract wildlife to the school grounds. Students explored attributes of various seeds, studied the life cycle of a flowering plant, and conducted plant growth experiments. This project encouraged ownership and respect for the environment in their community and the joy of making things clean, beautiful and healthy.
Joanne Woodington
4th Grade, 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 students at Warren School were involved in 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 our area. A bird feeder was purchased and set up outside their classroom window. From November, 2004 through April, 2005 students observed and recorded the number and species of birds that visited their feeder. These results were then e-mailed to Cornell for tracking purposes. Feeder Watch Count Summaries were collected and placed in each student's bird journal along with descriptions, interesting facts, and pictures of each species. Students also learned how to identify birds using the Peterson Bird ID Guide.
Marcella Olson
5th Grade, Warren School

Warren, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Students participated in an Arbor Day Poster Contest. The conservation unit began with students learning how trees produce and conserve energy. Students then used trees in designing an energy wise community. The unit continued with temperature and transpiration experiments. Students created a poster promoting Arbor Day based on what they learned from the previous weeks.
Alisa Wright
6th Grade, Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The sixth grade class is extremely proud of their schoolyard community garden, Harvest of Dreams. Back in the spring of 2002, their garden was created through the help of many willing and committed school, staff, and family members. For the past three years, their garden has continued to provide the New Milford Soup Kitchen and Food Bank with fresh, organic vegetables harvested throughout the summer. Sixth grade students are responsible for coordinating the start-up of the garden each spring, teaching school-wide lessons pertaining to the garden, and preparing and hosting the Harvest Luncheon each fall. Harvest of Dreams has established itself as being a positive and important part of Warren School's culture. The sixth graders have proven themselves to be an integral part of this community achievement.
Kathi Brown, Librarian
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 The year of 2005 will see the refurbishment of the "Secret Garden" at Warren School. Gardens will be raked out, weeded, and rechipped. As an Earth Day project, students were given wooden cut-out flowers to paint. The flowers were fastened to the brick wall of the school in order to have an ever blooming Secret Garden. Their free standing birdhouse will be repainted, and the third grade class will hold their project - "A Taste of America" - in 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 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 Since the spring of 2002, families of Warren School students have contributed many weekend and summer hours to help create and maintain their school  and community out-reach garden. Their garden, named "Harvest of Dreams", was constructed and is maintained by the support of many of the school's families. The annual "Fall Harvest Luncheon" proves to be a popular and well attended event in the town. Over 200 pizza lunches with sautéed vegetables from the garden were served the first week of school. Annual cooking competitions are held each fall to celebrate the garden harvest. Families pick and transport vegetables to the local soup kitchen during the summer weeks. They are especially proud of the partnerships Warren School has formed with families and community members.

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