Grant celebrated Earth Week with projects that united its students, staff, and community! Each classroom chose a project to celebrate Earth Week and there was a competition to determine the winning project.
The projects included: art made from recycled materials, windmills made with recycled chip bags, studying the impact of pesticides on bee populations, building birdhouses with recycled pallets, and painting our raised garden beds.
The week culminated with a neighborhood clean-up day with students, staff, neighbors, and community members working together to improve our school grounds. In addition, a group of students from Oregon State University built our new and improved compost bins, and Mayor Anna Peterson presented us with a proclamation honoring our work.
The third grade classes were declared the sustainability champions for their creation of a rain garden that will help capture runoff from the roof and filter rain water to native plants. The fourth and fifth grade classes won the community impact champions for renovating a part of our school grounds and installing a patio, five raised beds, and a stepping stone path. They also created a mosaic made with recycled tiles to dedicate the site.
We received community support and donations from many organizations including: students from Oregon State University, Salem Alliance Church, Puente Covenant Church, Grant Neighborhood Association, SKEF, Food Corps, Kettle Chips, Home Depot and the City of Salem. We would like to give a special thanks to our blue ribbon panel that helped judge our projects. Thank you for helping to make our world a better place!
You can view a video of the projects on Facebook.
Story submitted by Sunshine Price, teacher at Grant Community School.