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Students Lead the Way to Sustainability

Evergreen School students

Evergreen School students

The Evergreen School electronic newsletter is named the ‘greenletter because it is paper free—we do not print any copies for parents or teachers.   It is one way we are working to reduce the environmental impact of our school.

Each week since the fall, we have been publishing weekly tips on promoting an environmental sustainable lifestyle in the ‘greenletter. Tips have been culled from online sources such as the Sierra Club, the World Watch Institute, wastefreelunches.org, and others.

But why look so far?  Last spring we had asked our own elementary students in grades 1-3 for their ideas about being green.  Children brainstormed and then turned their ideas into a beautiful and elaborate quilt. Several of the quilt panels are displayed.  Here are nine of the students’ suggestions for a sustainable future:

Plant more trees.

Waste not, want not.

Save the Bay!

Power your life with wind.

Keep nature trash free.

Protect wildlife.

Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.

Use solar power.

Ride the bus; no more fuss.

Isn’t it time we start listening to our children?  It is their future, after all.

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  1. January 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Hooray for the kids! They do seem to understand what is at stake. In my classroom we are using cups and plates made of recycled plastic. My fifth graders take turns washing and drying them each day. We use real spoons and forks instead of plastic. The kids are so proud!

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