Mt. Airy Elementary School Works Toward Green School Recertification
Release Date: 3/9/2009 11:38:47 AM
Mt. Airy Elementary School is working on earning recertification as a Green School. Several activities are related to the fourth and fifth grade curriculum.
Half of the fifth grade classes have made bluebird houses, which will be installed on Thursday, April 2, 2009. These houses will replace those that were destroyed on a bluebird trail. This will then be part of an ongoing activity for future fifth grade science classes to monitor. Also on April 2, students will be removing alien plants from an area behind the school to ready the area for tree planting as part of a reforestation project and the home of what they hope will be a future outdoor classroom.
On May 5, 6 and 7, the fourth grade classes will participate in making a Rain Garden behind the school to use runoff water and have it become a natural habitat for future class studies/observations. May 14 is the tentative date to finish the reforestation project, which was made possible by funds received from the Chesapeake Bay Fund. The grant was written by fifth grade science teachers and Mary Hoy from Outdoor School. More than 100 native trees will be planted. Cub Scout troop Den 8, Pack 1191, sponsored by the American Legion Gold Star Post 191, and their leaders, Ellen and Dave Conboy, have aided in this project. They have planted bulbs, mulched, removed alien plants, and donated a bench to the area that they hope to make part of an outdoor classroom.
The last piece in the recertification process is a school-wide recycling project spearheaded by parents and assisted by students, the teaching and custodial staff, and community members who drop off their paper recyclables to the bin in the parking lot. Mrs. Carrie Morris is providing information on the amount of paper donated (2.28 tons for November alone), yards of landfill space saved (19 cubic yards), and energy saved (11,813 KWH). In addition to recycling paper, plastic bottles and cans are also being collected.
Last December, students attended a field trip sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The fifth grade classes went to three different locations – the Merrill Center, a green building in Annapolis; a farm site in Upper Marlboro; and on board the Skipjack to learn firsthand how what we do affects the Bay.