Earth Day Wrap Up and Thanks–Everyday is Earth Day!

Hello Jefferson families – your kids ROCKED the 4Rs at our Earth Day celebration last week!  We:

  • walked and rolled to school, and reduced pollution!
  • wrote letters to President Trump asking him to care for our environment
  • upcycled over 200 used CDs into works of art
  • planted succulents in the silver troughs near the swings and near the school office
  • made promises/pledges to help the earth
  • relay-raced to sort waste, and learned which items go into the compost, paper recycle, plastic/aluminum recycle, and landfill bins!  (some kids even added an additional challenge by hula-hooping or dribbling a basketball while they raced!)

Thanks so much to the amazing parent volunteers who came out to facilitate the activities, to the 4th and 5th grade volunteers who helped their peers with the activities, and to all those that contributed CDs and plants.

Here are some photos from the event so you can see the kids and projects in action.  Please do not publish or share these photos outside of the Jefferson community. https://jeffersonelementaryberkeley.shutterfly.com/

Thanks so much and don’t forget that Earth Day is Every Day!!  In fact, if you want to make your own pledge to help the Earth, see below for some of the ideas we presented to the kids.  In addition, in case you are interested, this Saturday 4/29 will be the People’s Climate Movement March in Washington D.C. and there is a “sister march”/event happening in Oakland at Lake Merritt.  Click here for more info: https://peoplesclimatebayarea.org/program-1/

Thanks for making a difference,
The Green Team

Here are some ways kids (and grownups) can protect our earth!
We can Reduce:
  • walk or bike to school instead of drive
  • turn off the water while brushing my teeth, lathering my hands, and shampooing my hair
  • eat local and organic fruits and vegetables
  • plant vegetables and native plants (and plants that don’t require a lot of water) at my house
  • run washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full
  • be a “leak detective” – inside and outside!
  • turn off water while washing dishes by hand (in between dishes)
  • pick up trash on the yard, streets/sidewalks, or at the park/beach
  • turn off the lights when I leave the room
  • take shorter showers (5 minute challenge!)
  • take only as much food as I will eat
  • bring steel or bamboo fork/spoon for lunch
  • bring reusable lunch box and containers instead of plastic bags and ziploc bags
We can Reuse:
  • drink out of a reusable water bottle
  • bring my own bags to the grocery store
  • if clothes or pajamas are not dirty, wear them again before washing them
  • catch the water in my sink (when washing fruits/veggies) and shower (when waiting for it to get hot) in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet or water the plants
  • donate used books, toys, clothes, furniture, etc. instead of throwing them away
  • use wrapping paper again or wrap gifts in your artwork or paintings
  • use cloth napkins instead of paper
We can Recycle:
  • recycle plastic, cardboard, aluminum, and paper, and make sure they go into the right bins
We can help things Rot:
  • divert food waste (and yard waste) from the landfill by composting
We can Refuse:
  • ·        – refuse to take things we do not need (for example, plastic bags and small samples of items)