This after school club is staffed by one of our classroom teachers, Ms. Gonzalez and consists of 4th and 5th grade students. The club meets weekly and begins by collecting the recycling from the classrooms, workspaces and office spaces throughout the school.
- The remainder of club meeting time is taken up with the following:
- Reading and discussing lessons found in the workbook Journey For The
- Creating public address announcements for our morning television newscast
- Counting and packaging collected Nabisco labels to be sent to Terracycle for refurbishing into new products.
The year culminated with a trip to the Municipal Recovery Facility and Vista View Park.
Each room of our school is equipped with two bins; one for paper and one for plastic, glass and aluminum. Ecology Corps students visit every classroom at the start of the year to discuss and review recycling procedures at our school. Students are also encouraged to recycle in the cafeteria, where custodians transfer the collection to the recycling dumpsters each evening.
The proceeds from our Nabisco bags recycling efforts will be used to support reforestation projects in Haiti.
EVERY WEDNESDAY IS EARTH DAY
Our green initiatives have spread to the PTO who now sell “Earth Day is Every Day” t-shirts for kids to wear each Wednesday. Proceeds from this endeavor benefit rainforest restoration projects.
Ms. Gonzalez recently received two grants worth a total of $900 to revitalize our butterfly garden from The Town of Davie and The Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s Ecology Corps students researched native butterflies and painted them onto a rain barrel, which will go into the garden. This year, we are incorporating our garden plans into our GLIDES initiatives across 4 grade levels and have a landscape architect guiding our way.
South Florida Water Management educators visit our 5th graders each year to instill an understanding of our need to keep South Florida’s waterways healthy. A rain barrel will be placed in our butterfly garden to demonstrate this water conservation technique.
GREENING OUR CAMPUS
We lost many trees with Hurricane Wilma. With assistance from our partner, Wheelabrator and the dedication of several of our students, we have managed to plant 13 new trees on our campus. Some of these trees were donated through the Broward County Parks Water Day program.
Last year, club members created ornaments from recycled materials and adopted a tree to decorate for the Town of Davie’s “Lighting of the Green”. We won first place for our efforts!Club members also attended an evening lecture by Dr. Dan Kipnis on Global Warming at the Long Key Nature Center, helped to clean up Davie’s C-11 canal at the Waterway Cleanup, and attended Broward County’s Water Day. Silver Ridge Student Council president and Ecology Corps members even and delivered speeches to the Town of Davie’s mayor and City Council to persuade them to act on initiating a recycling program in our town’s parks (a motion to begin this initiative was made and passed!).
Silver Ridge was named the top Elementary School in Florida for its participation in America Recycles 2007. Our students collected more recycling pledges than any other elementary school. In recognition of our efforts we were awarded a refurbished desktop computer and $100. Our Ecology Corps Players performed original skits about conservation at a ceremony attended by Broward County School officials.
The Environmental Education Council awarded our club sponsor, Karen Gonzalez, with “Elementary Environmental Educator of the Year” in 2008.