Earth Week in Carmel Clay Schools

The Carmel Clay Schools Administrative Green Team approved a menu of options from which schools may choose to celebrate Earth Week in April.  Many thanks to Margaret Stout, Ann Johnston, Leslie Webb, Margot Gibson, and Adriana Guimaraes for gathering the resources that comprise the packet.  See below for a week's worth of themed activities with something for every grade level!





Here's what some schools chose to do:

Carmel Elem.: Green Machine students read the green tip announcements and the whole school participated in the different color t-shirt days; the media center displayed books about the environment; families participated in the paper drive; the Green Machine student club planted an American elm tree.

Carmel Middle: The schools’ Green Team was a recipient of a grant from The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program for a tree seedling distribution project.   They gave away the seedlings at the school on April 22.

Cherry Tree Elem.: Students participated in various Earth Day contests including Poster and Poetry contests.  They created animals from recycled materials and used the announcements and different color t-shirt days suggested in the Earth Day school packet.

College Wood Elem.: A display cabinet was decorated and daily announcements and t-shirt color information was given. Families participated in a paper and printer cartridge drive and the art teacher worked with students on a sculpture made of recycled materials.

Mohawk Trails Elem.: The brand new Green Team made the daily announcements.   At a recent school fundraiser ( “PowWow”) , the Green Team had a card table set up with Green trivia questions and facts on index cards  (IDEM tips).   People who attempted to answer questions were entered in a raffle to win The Lorax book or a SIGG bottle.   They had posters decorating the table that were kindly discounted by Fed Ex Kinko.

Orchard Park Elem.:  The school displayed posters and made the suggested daily announcements and different color t-shirt activities from the “approved” packet. The PTO distributed seedlings to 3rd graders.

Prairie Trace Elem.:  The Earth Day packet was sent to the student council, and they included the tips and color t-shirt information in their newsletter.  Art classes created Earth Day themed projects, and the PTO distributed seedlings.

Earth Day Art Contest: Kindergarten to 5th grade students from 10 elementary schools created friendly and artful reminders to conserve energy and care for the planet.  The Earth Hour-Earth Day Art Contest entries were exhibited at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery on Main Street.  Mayor Brainard recognized winners.  Read more...