Woodward Academy embraced Earth Day 2015 in a big way, extending the day of focus on sustainability and the environment into a week of activities in our schools. Following are highlights of Earth Week at Woodward:
In the Upper School, 75 students signed a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint. Throughout the week, students held a “Batteries for Brownies” drive in which batteries or ink cartridges for recycling could be exchanged for a brownie. On Thursday, Upper School students enjoyed a visit from guest speaker Clint McNeal, Director of Land Conversation at the Georgia Conservancy.
Middle School students planted fig trees in honor of Earth Day and raised awareness with a presentation about how people can reduce their impact on the earth. In addition, Middle School students also signed the 2015 Earth Day Flag, an initiative that began in Canada to collect signatures from schools and organizations all over the world. The flag will be delivered to the Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. Students also collected and sorted recycled bottle tops for an art project.
At Woodward North, the entire school held an e-cycle drive to collect and recycle electronics on April 18. Also at Woodward North, students at every grade level had environmentally themed projects and assignments, including Earth Day poetry in first grade, a nature walk for second graders, and research by fourth graders into environmental problems.
In the Lower School, fifth graders started a garden using no processed soil or genetically modified seeds. Sixth graders were at work on their Ecology Inquiry Projects. Art students learned how paper waste at the Lower School is processed and recycled into other products like pizza boxes at recycling centers. On a smaller scale, they used paper waste, a blender, and a paper screen to make handmade paper, transforming waste into art.
At the Primary School, third graders in Transition classes made presentations to other third graders and second grade classes with the theme “Grow it Green—Keep it Clean: Water, Land, and Air.” Every student in te Primary School will receive an Earth Day pencil made of recycled newspaper.
In all our school dining halls, Earth Day featured an “Unplugged in the Kitchen” cold menu to conserve energy. Dining Services also eliminated Styrofoam takeout containers for the day. A representative from Georgia Commute Options came to campus on April 23 to inform employees about options for ride-sharing, walking and taking MARTA.
In addition, Main Campus is holding an e-cycle drive to recycle discarded electronics on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Cambridge Avenue between Richardson Hall and the IT Department offices. The drive is open to the surrounding community and acceptable items include computers, monitors, printers/scanners, digital devices, mobile phones, cables and computer batteries, CDs/DVDs, and most other items associated with technology. More information is available here.