DEEP: 2010 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2010 School Related

Name of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Avon Public Schools (AHS, AMS, TBS, PGS, and RBS)
Avon, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%.

Avon High School, Avon Middle School, Thompson Brook School, Pine Grove School, and Roaring Brook School are all being nominated for a GreenCircle Award because of their participation in the "Avon Winter-Green Contest." The contest is the idea of the Avon Clean Energy Commission, and the goal of the contest is to encourage each of the Avon Public Schools to adopt more environmentally sustainable behaviors that will reduce energy consumption, decrease the school's carbon footprint, and save tax-payer money without compromising the physical environment in school classrooms and facilities. All Avon Schools competed in the contest between February 22, 2010 and April 23, 2010, reducing their energy consumption (both kWh and cu. ft. NG) over the same time period in 2009 on a percent-reduction basis.

Franklin Elementary School
North Franklin, CT

Implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program.

Franklin Elementary School contracted with Waltham Services, Inc., as of April 2010. This contract will be in effect for one year. By doing this, the school hopes to eliminate insect issues by implementing an integrated pest management program in the school in compliance with guidelines set by the state.

Irving A. Robbins Middle School
Farmington, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities) and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

The Green Team at the Irving A. Robbins Middle School (IAR) for the past seven years has sent the largest contingent to the FRWA's Fall River Cleanup and their town's Spring Cleanup, in the latter case providing the group to tackle the "Dirtiest Sites List". For the past two years, they have followed up Town Cleanup by running a free event for pre-schoolers and elementary kids and their families they call FrogFest, a mix of green games and nature-themed prizes, info cards and other nudges to get families to improve their environmental footprints.

In school, the Green Team runs the recycling of wastepaper program plus year-round collect discard inkjets, cell phones and toner cartridges to keep out of landfills and earn refunds for redeeming them with re-manufacturers. They also provide barrels to get students to keep their beverage containers out of trash and sort them for recycling or redemption (proceeds are used for projects). They produce their own Enviromusical (seven songs) each year to foster kids stepping up to environmental stewardship.

Mystic Middle School
Mystic, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

Mystic Middle School is determined to reduce the amount of plastic in our landfills and oceans by reducing the amount of plastic bags and water bottles used. They collected water bottles school-wide for one week and showed the school how many bottles were discarded. They researched the pros and cons of various reusable water bottles, compared the cost of buying bottled water to the initial expense of buying a reusable bottle, tested the water from the taps in school, and made recommendations for purchase. They designed and are selling reusable shopping bags to discourage the use of plastic bags. They have researched the cost and amount of oil required to manufacture plastic water bottles and bags, how many bottles and bags are used in the US each year, and the effects of our continued dependence on foreign oil. Both projects are ongoing and the proceeds from recycling the bottles and selling the bags go to their Clean Water for Haiti Fund.

Warren School, 1st Grade
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.

This year at Warren School, the first grade class has continued to help to maintain the Community Garden. They have also weeded, mulched, and maintained their butterfly garden. They have added new plants to this butterfly garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

The class also maintains a butterfly feeder, a bird feeder, and a hummingbird feeder in their garden. In their classroom, they try to recycle all paper scraps and any plastic items that they need to discard. They made terrariums by recycling plastic 2 liter soda bottles to learn about what makes a plant a living thing and how they have different structures that allow them to meet their basic needs.

Warren School, 4th & 6th Grade
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 and sixth grade students worked together on exploring the Dorthy Maier Land Trust Trail located on Sackett Hill Road in Warren, CT. Together they took weekly walks on the trail making observations, recording seasonal changes, and compiling a photographic documentary. Students researched their findings on the internet and made consultations with Mr. Jeffrey Greenwood at the White Memorial Conservation Center, when needed. Students used the knowledge they gained to make a display of the trail's Spring awakening for parents and other students at Warren School.

Warren School, 4th Grade
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year.

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. Students obtain information on these plants through the internet and consultations with Mr. Jeffrey Greenwood at the White Memorial Conservation Center. Students use the knowledge they gain to conduct tours of the trail for parents and other students at Warren School.

Warren School, 5th Grade
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year.

The fifth grade class has taken on the enhancement and beautification of the school's sandbox and playground area. They cleaned up debris and trash found in and near the sandbox area of the playground. They airated the old sand (a huge job that took several days) and created a cleaner, safer area for all the children of their school to play and learn in while discovering a new environment.

Warren School, Kindergarten
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats.

The Kindergarten at Warren School planted vegetable seeds when studying the progression of a seed to a fully-grown plant. These plants will be donated to the Warren School Harvest of Dreams Garden. They also studied the lifecycles of both larvae/ladybugs and caterpillars/butterflies and successfully raised these insects in the classroom. They will be released into the wild when fully developed.

Heather Distasio
Warren School, 3rd Grade
Warren, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats.

Students in the third grade at Warren School studied how different plants and animals adapt to obtain air, water, food and protection in specific land and water habitats. They also learned how earth materials provide resources for all living things. In addition, students learned that these resources are limited and should be conserved. In the classroom students are conserving materials such as paper and plastic bottles by reducing, reusing, and recycling rather than discarding them. Lastly, students took part in a school ground clean-up.

Carol Leavitt
Special Education Teacher
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 (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities).

Carol Leavitt works as a special education teacher at Warren Elementary School. She has been involved in two environmentally friendly programs. She runs an indoor plant hospital where students learn how to rehabilitate houseplants. They water, prune, report, take cuttings and give general care to indoor plants. This enhances their self esteem as they provide a service that beautifies the building and saves plant life.

They now have a life skills program for some new students. They are learning how to wash and dry clothes, and the school has opted to teach them how to dry clothing on a clothesline to save energy.

Kathy Newton
Warren School, 2nd Grade
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year.

The second grade at Warren School continued to maintain and add to a pollination garden outside of the classroom as well as helping to maintain their school/community garden. Monarchs seemed scarce this year so instead of watching the process, the students researched their life cycle and habitats. Some conversations followed about the extremely wet summer they had experienced and guesses were made as to the affect the weather had on the number of monarchs. They continued to research butterfly habitats, and the types of plants that attract butterflies and honeybees. They had lots of discussion regarding bees as Ms. Newton and her family are backyard beekeepers, and the role they play in their environment. They collected scrap paper, and plastic throughout the year in the classroom, as well as monitoring water, lights, and paper towel use. They recycled gallon milk bottles to create mini greenhouses in attempting to extend the growing season.

Joanne Woodington
Warren School Student Council
Warren, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day.

The Student Council of Warren School organized their schoolwide Earth Day clean-up project. Student Council members assessed their school grounds and determined which areas needed to be addressed. The student council representatives acted as group leaders meeting with individual classes, assigning areas to be cleaned, and organizing the materials needed to do the job, such as rakes, gloves, trash bags, etc. They also explained the purpose and importance of Earth Day to their assigned groups.

Joanne Woodington
Warren School, 4th Grade
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 FeederWatch, 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 outside their classroom window. From November 2009 through April 2010 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. FeederWatch 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.

Alisa Wright
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 (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities).

The Families of Warren School have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to their school/community outreach garden, Harvest of Dreams. Throughout the summer, families maintain the garden through watering, harvesting and transporting the produce to area soup kitchens and food banks. They have been an integral part to the success of their garden since its inception in 2002. It is due to this commitment that their garden is able to enrich the lives of so many.

Alisa Wright
Warren School, 6th Grade
Warren, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year.

Harvest of Dreams garden has been an integral part of Warren School's community since 2002. Each year, 6th grade students get the garden growing from seed, provide garden lessons to classes, conduct whole-school planting day and nurture the garden until school's end. Families of Warren School then take over. In the summer, they maintain the garden and transport the harvested vegetables to area soup kitchens/food banks. Come fall, celebrations are held: Harvest Luncheon, Bethlehem Fair contest and Whole-School Cook-Off.

This year, they will be extending the garden with a fall planting using plastic and metal hangers to create a mini greenhouse. Using this method, veggies are expected until mid-winter. They will then have garden fresh veggies to offer to their students. Students conduct tours to area schools interested in starting a garden. Their Warren School community is very proud of this initiative and the positive impact it has on those in need.

 
 

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