United Arab Emirates
We would love to promote the Great Barrier Reef around our school body and the country we live in. There are many ways to do this, we could hold more video conferences with Reef HQ to discuss the problems and how we can help, we could hold an assembly to present our ideas to this school and our year. Furthermore in the future it would be amazing if we can visit the GBR and participate in activities to promote not only in my country, the UAE, but also in Australia.
United Arab Emirates
The main company, Reef HQ, is located in Australia close to the Great Barrier. Therefore, it would be helpful to do some more video conferences with the company. Also it would be handy to hold an assembly about getting involved with Reef HQ and saving the lives of Dugongs. On national day we could perhaps share some information with the school because national day would link with sustainability.
We presently have eight schools that have confirmed that they can attend. We also have acquired 6 environmental organizations who will sponsor the summit. Representatives from these organizations will attend and educate students about how to get involved in environmental non-profits. We've also been having regular conference calls with organizers around the state to work out the details of the summit schedule and activities. We still need to contact business sponsors to provide financial aid, pick out musicians to attend, and expand our publicity.
It is a film documentary project that will be divided in chapters. The first one will deal with food and energy inputs and how this energy is processed by the urban ecosystem, nurturing the whole bunch of especies that live and interact in the ecosystem. The project will be produced in July 2017 and we will need a group of collaborators for that matter. Volunteers interested in film making and our environment, please, do not hesitate to contact me.
Our third graders studied weather and climate standards to learn more about the weather hazard of drought. They learned about various drought conditions around the world. Then we learned ways we can conserve water in our own drought-ridden state. The third graders noticed that our cafeteria sells hundreds of tiny plastic water bottles at lunch, and none of them get recycled in the cafeteria. The approach we took was to take data on how many water bottles are sold each day. We used the data to create an awareness campaign for the other students to teach them about how much water is used to make and recycle those little bottles. We sold STEM Launch reusable water bottles and encouraged students to use those instead of getting the small bottles with their lunch. We used the grant money to purchase two large recycling receptacles for the cafeteria. We will use the remaining funds to go toward purchasing a water bottle filler fountain.The district sent out a plumber for the estimate and we are just waiting for the word from the district to move forward with purchasing and installation. All students in the building became aware of the issue. They started recycling the bottles in the new containers. National Junior Honor Society members dumped the recycle bins into the large bin each week. We had water and sustainability experts come to the school to hear the students' solutions. For example, sustainability experts from LarkBurger came and people from Thornton Water. One of the consultants was so impressed that she worked with her company to raise additional funds for us to receive our water bottle fountain.
The purpose of this event is to encourage reusing of household products/goods. People will be able to bring usable items from their home and give them away, while at the same time, finding items of others that can serve in their households.
We have so far done: Information sessions, brainstorming, community cleanups, environmental school theme days, collaborations with student council, and bake sales. In the future we are hoping to do so much more.
We are working out the details. Message me for more details.
We made crocheted owls and plastic canvas owl key chains to give to children and their parents at a monthly birthday party for the kids living at the transitional housing apartments. We provided birthday decorations, activities, and gifts for the birthday children and guests, and then we facilitated the party and cleaned up afterwards.