Spotlights
BCPS Schools Celebrate Earth Week
04/23/2013

SPotlight

This week, schools from across Baltimore County are holding a variety of celebrations, projects and learning activities in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2013:

Arbutus Middle School
Arbutus Middle School celebrated Earth Day with a visit by live animals from the North Bay Science Center, as well as lessons and studies on horseshoe crabs, watersheds, macro-invertebrates and deer. Students also made planetariums and recycled art projects.

Cromwell Valley Regional Magnet School
Grade 2 and 3 students presented "The Music of Life: An Earth Day Celebration!" which included songs and skits that reflect their school's Maryland Green School status. The school's Green Team also held an Adopt-A-Stream spring clean up at Mine Bank Run, which flows along the school property.

Elmwood Elementary School
Elmwood Elementary School will celebrate becoming a Maryland Green School on Friday, April 26, with a variety of environmental and health-related activities, including an animal presentation by the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, a sustainability assembly presented by BGE, an ecological lesson by Cromwell Valley Park, a tour of a hybrid car by Bob Davidson Ford, a lesson on exercise and nutrition by the Y of Central Maryland, a visit from the Baltimore Ravens mascot, green sing-alongs, crafts and a seed planting sponsored by The Home Depot and Seeds of Change.

George Washington Carver Center for the Arts & Technology
Throughout the week, students will watch educational films and participate in Earth Day lessons. Students can purchase recycled jewelry as well as "Conserve" t-shirts made by the National Arts Honor Society, and they'll have the opportunity to sign a pledge to protect the environment. On Friday, April 26, students will have lunch outside while listening to environment-related music.

Perry Hall Middle School
The school's Environmental Club made personalized flower pots for school staff, with environmental tips attached to each pot to help promote eco-friendly behaviors. Throughout the week, grade 7 students will make quilt squares that will be combined into a large quilt for display as a reminder about being good to the environment. 

Pine Grove Middle School
Each of the school's departments incorporated Earth Day into their lessons—art students created posters and artwork that conveyed the "Think Green" message, while other students read articles and held discussions about how protecting the environment can affect all creatures on the planet. Students also were encouraged to, and rewarded for, bringing trash-free lunches to school.

Pinewood Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary students participated in the interactive assembly "The Energy Conservation Challenge Show," made Earth Day posters to share their plans for helping the environment and participated in an Earth Day sing-along featuring eco-driven songs with hand movements.

Pot Spring Elementary School
Students and staff cleaned school grounds and stocked bird feeders in preparation for spring.

Randallstown Elementary School
Grade 1 students learned about protecting natural resources and discussed ways in which to make Earth "happy." Afterwards, they worked together to clean up the school's playground.

Seneca Elementary School
Students in Deborah Hopp's grade 1 class celebrated Earth Day by making insects and animals out of recycled materials, then writing stories about their creations.

Seventh District Elementary School
On Friday, April 26, the school will host an assembly on energy conservation and recycling. The performance, "Lights Out on the Bunny Brothers," will feature the Blue Sky Puppets.

Sparrows Point High School
The school's Fusion Club, led by Connie Bird, planted flowers in the main entrance garden beds. The school's aquatics clubs had lessons about man's impact on the environment, including reading assignments and an experiment about the environmental effects of the fertilizers we use on our lawns and farms.

Westchester Elementary School
Grade 3 students created posters to raise awareness for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, while grade 4 students celebrated the Earth's beauty by creating recycled paper flowers to decorate classrooms.

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