Ongoing Ways to Celebrate the Earth at School
Thanks to our sponsor Flower Power for this great article.
Although Earth Day is observed around the world on April 22, the official day is really a just a springboard for a mindset that spans all year. This year, consider ongoing Earth-Friendly Projects so that your students learn about environmental stewardship all year long. We’ve got you covered with these ideas, projects and even an eco-friendly fundraiser!
1. Start a classroom (or school-wide) recycling program. Some studies show that school waste is 80% recyclable! A school recycling program is a hands-on lesson that educates students about the environment, personal responsibility, and community action. Programs build life-long habits that can have a huge impact on students and their families as well as the communities in which they live –and the kids can see first-hand how much of a difference they can make with ‘thoughtful tossing’. Start small by assembling a team, assessing the need (consider recycling paper and cardboard from the classroom and neighborhood, distributing food from the cafeteria to community kitchens, or hosting a drive to collect outdated batteries and small electronics) and finding a partner (be sure to check into local government incentives!). Start recycling in one classroom or grade, then expand to the whole school! There are many how-to articles and guides available online to get you off to a great start. Don’t forget to promote the program to all class/school families through your school’s e-newsletter and social media and later to the broader community through local news and radio stations.
2. Get the entire community hooked on nature. People who appreciate the world around them are more likely to conserve the world's resources. Conduct an eco-friendly fundraiser in collaboration with Flower Power Fundraising to give your school community a chance to make memories while connecting with their families and the earth. Flower Power offers the finest, best-quality bulbs and plants available and sports an unconditional, 100% money-back guarantee. You’ll keep 50% of every sale you make. There’s no minimum order and the company ships directly to your buyers right when the plants and bulbs are ready to be planted. And best of all, a garden is a gift that reminds us of Earth Day all year long.
3. Plant a class garden. Often, students today have very little knowledge of where their food comes from. Here’s a way to get your students connected to the growing cycle.They can use the products of the fundraiser (seeds and bulbs, for vegetables and herbs to strawberries and sunflowers, dahlias and bee attracting wildflowers!) to create their school/class garden and still have the funds to support the school trip, band instruments, playground equipment or any other projects they wish to fund raise for. Students learn about agricultural concepts such as soil augmentation, and gain a unique kind of self-confidence as they realize their abilities to feed themselves. They’ll get tremendous practice in collaboration and teamwork and will have participated in the beautification of the school grounds, which often translates into less graffiti and vandalism. Students have greater respect for things they feel they have some ownership in. Plus, studies have shown that kids who garden make healthier eating choices and score better in science.
Studies have shown that kids who are exposed to environmental concerns grow up to be more environmentally conscious and responsible adults. That’s the true benefit of ongoing Earth Day celebrations and projects!
Looking for more great fundraising ideas, check out Targeting Your Fundraiser: Hints for Picking the Product People Want to Buy.