Students at Campbell Elementary learn that even though they are just kids, they can still change the world. Fourth graders in Serena Ascough’s class gave a presentation at a school board meeting on Monday about how their school went green and they challenged others to do the same.
After a performance of the “national anthem” by singers from grades three through five, fourth-grader Braxton Shell challenged the board to pitch his class ideas throughout RE-1.
“It will help our school and our communities,” he said.
He shared that when the students read a story about recycling and Ascough told them how she collected cans when she was in fourth grade, they realized there’s a lot of things they don’t. not notice who are wrong in this world and they decided to take action and help their school become better than ever.
“We learned that our world could be mostly trash, and we saw a lot of trash in the hallways and outside,” the students said in a PowerPoint presentation.
Ascough told the students they could pitch an idea to become eco-friendly, but they had to persuade Campbell principal Brenda Kloberdanz. She then gave a project to write a letter to Kloberdanz.
Student ideas included a recycling program, clean-up day, healthy food, eco-bears, a school garden run by student volunteers, a clean-up crew and eco-friendly lighting.
Kloberdanz has taken students’ ideas and considered them and the school has already implemented some of them, including a clean-up day last week with students, parents and volunteers. However, Shell said they may need the money to get some of their other ideas off the ground.
“What’s amazing is that all of this is done from one point, the world needs to become a more eco-friendly environment,” Schell said.
Some of his classmates sent in Google forms and found that 107 out of 149 people surveyed said they save electric power, 105 out of 149 said school lights should be replaced with LED lights, 88 % of respondents said they would like to recycle and garden clubs and 129 people said they would recycle if there were suitable containers in the classrooms. In addition, 150 out of 157 people, or almost 96%, said they would recycle paper and plastic and 136 out of 146 people said the school needed a cleaning day, “because our janitors are great at what they do, but sometimes we all need help. .”
“It shows that our school is keen to make a difference and go green, please consider our ideas and put them into action, say yes and put them into action to save the world from waste,” he told the advice.
Shell was then joined by classmates, Alisha Barker, Liam Wynne, Joanna Wu, Layton Miller, Ariya Loos, Liam Carleton and Lily Garcia, who explained how they use recycled materials to make baby tigers to place in any school. They’ve been working on the tigers for a month now.
Their inspiration came after seeing the Ascough Tiger Course done last year in the hallway and they decided they wanted to do one themselves. Ascough decided that this year’s class should make their own tigers, but in small groups. Instead of one big tiger, the class is working on six cubs because they want them to model the “Campbell Tiger Cubs” to inspire students to have Tiger Pride in their school.
For the first stage of the project, Ascough told her students to source recycled materials and supplies like plastic bottles, paper, toilet paper rolls, newspapers, paper towel rolls, cardboard of eggs and boxes of all sizes. They then selected the 100% recycled materials they would need.
“We thought this would be a great way to recycle/reuse materials as we read about in Module 8 and Reading 9,” the students said.
Once they had gathered the supplies, the students got into groups and decided on the poses for the tigers, then drew their pose as a blueprint. Each pose had to look like a typical Campbell’s Tiger Cub. Students created tigers that: play physical education, assist the nurse, encourage students to reflect on their actions, reflect and use a growth mindset, read a book and research on their Chromebook .
When assembling the tigers, the students used masking tape to create tiger shapes according to their plans. The bodies are made of things like milk jugs and coffee cans and the arms, legs and tail are TP tubes.
“We saved books and books of trash from the landfill!” said the students.
Then they learned the ratios and used that knowledge to mix their glue mix – a 1:2 mixture of water and Elmer’s glue. Next, the students applied two layers of papier-mâché, all created from recycled newspaper, to the tiger to make it sturdier.
Finally, they painted the tigers using donated paint and brushes. First they painted the base orange, then they painted the details, such as the white underbelly, facial features, and stripes. Throughout this process, they have learned how important it is to plan their steps.
The mission of the project was to inspire Campbell students to recognize that they can come up with big ideas and act like a good Tiger Cub.
Ascough said the students learned many skills throughout the project. They even edited the slideshows that were presented at the meeting, helping them develop their literacy and technology skills.
“I just really wanted to show them that they can change the world and they can make things happen,” she said.
Steve Shinn thanked everyone who participated in Campbell’s Cleanup Day and encouraged the students to keep up the good work.