As part of ongoing celebrations of Earth Day, students at Hampton Street School are getting outdoors and participating in activities to help our planet. Over the course of three days, each grade level circled through stations of different tasks led by STEAM teacher Lisa Richards.
Students participated in schoolwide planting projects. Kindergarten classes planted zinnias, first graders continued to develop monarch waystations and second grade classes established a native species garden. The goal of the planting projects is to help the environment and wildlife, while also beautifying the school grounds.
Some classes had the opportunity to work with organizations like the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Volunteers for Wildlife. Educators with the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary spoke with students about bird adaptations whereas Volunteers for Wildlife educators brought in real animals for students to make observations, while discussing their habitats and traits.
Students participated in hands-on activities as well, including decorating reusable grocery bags, recycled bead making, planting seeds to bring home and launching seed-balls with catapults made by kindergarten classes.