Earth Week in Carmel Clay Schools

The Carmel Clay Schools Administrative Green Team approved a menu of options from which schools may choose to celebrate Earth Week in April.  Many thanks to Margaret Stout, Ann Johnston, Leslie Webb, Margot Gibson, and Adriana Guimaraes for gathering the resources that comprise the packet.  See below for a week's worth of themed activities with something for every grade level!





Here's what some schools chose to do:

Carmel Elem.: Green Machine students read the green tip announcements and the whole school participated in the different color t-shirt days; the media center displayed books about the environment; families participated in the paper drive; the Green Machine student club planted an American elm tree.

Carmel Middle: The schools’ Green Team was a recipient of a grant from The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program for a tree seedling distribution project.   They gave away the seedlings at the school on April 22.

Cherry Tree Elem.: Students participated in various Earth Day contests including Poster and Poetry contests.  They created animals from recycled materials and used the announcements and different color t-shirt days suggested in the Earth Day school packet.

College Wood Elem.: A display cabinet was decorated and daily announcements and t-shirt color information was given. Families participated in a paper and printer cartridge drive and the art teacher worked with students on a sculpture made of recycled materials.

Mohawk Trails Elem.: The brand new Green Team made the daily announcements.   At a recent school fundraiser ( “PowWow”) , the Green Team had a card table set up with Green trivia questions and facts on index cards  (IDEM tips).   People who attempted to answer questions were entered in a raffle to win The Lorax book or a SIGG bottle.   They had posters decorating the table that were kindly discounted by Fed Ex Kinko.

Orchard Park Elem.:  The school displayed posters and made the suggested daily announcements and different color t-shirt activities from the “approved” packet. The PTO distributed seedlings to 3rd graders.

Prairie Trace Elem.:  The Earth Day packet was sent to the student council, and they included the tips and color t-shirt information in their newsletter.  Art classes created Earth Day themed projects, and the PTO distributed seedlings.

Earth Day Art Contest: Kindergarten to 5th grade students from 10 elementary schools created friendly and artful reminders to conserve energy and care for the planet.  The Earth Hour-Earth Day Art Contest entries were exhibited at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery on Main Street.  Mayor Brainard recognized winners.  Read more...

Earth Hour 2010: How Schools Can Participate

Earth Hour is March 27, 2010, and it's a perfect way to kick off any activities your school is planning for Earth Day in April.  Click on the following link for more information on how your school can participate.


How Carmel Schools are Celebrating America Recycles Week

See what our schools are doing to celebrate America Recycles Week!

America Recycles Day in Carmel Clay Schools

thumb_america_recyclesThe Carmel Clay Schools Administrative Green Team has approved a menu of pre-approved activities from which our schools may choose, to celebrate America Recycles Day!  Jeannie Nixon composed daily recycling tips for schools' morning announcements, and Margot Gibson researched related books and videos and procured supplies from the National Recycling Coalition- all to make it easy for our students to learn the benefits of recycling.  The following documents comprise the approved packet of options for principals:






Green Tips for PTO newsletter
Recycling in Our Schools

See a detailed description of who is pitching in and how they are getting the job done!

View the PDF file.

or You can view the complete spreadsheet.

For a shorter summary that provides a quick overview of what is recycled at Carmel Clay schools,

view this PDF file.

Green Team Coordinator
Monday, 23 March 2009 23:00

Some schools are creating a dedicated PTO position for the Green Team.  For those of you that may also be considering this new position, Wendy DeLuca, Green Team at Clay Middle School and member of Carmel Green Schools Committee provided a copy of the position description they will be using at Clay. Thanks to Wendy for putting this together. Please feel free to modify and adapt the description to meet your school's needs. We welcome your input and suggestions.

What Carmel Clay School District is doing

View the Carmel Clay Schools green initiatives based on information provided by Jeff Maidlow, Assistant Director, Facilities & Transportation, and Bob Yull, Energy Manager.

See how schools across the country are going green.

Go Green Initiative -  is a simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation.

Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program - engages students in creating energy-saving activities in their schools, using hands-on, real-world projects.

Oregon Green School - across Oregon, students, teachers and staff are making a difference in their communities with programs to recycle, reduce waste, save energy and conserve water.

Green Schools Alliance - The mission of the GSA is to galvanize pre-K to grade 12 schools' individual concerns about climate change and the environment into collective action to protect our shared future.

Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools Program - is a web-based, self-paced and voluntary program available to all Wisconsin public and private elementary, middle and high schools....

Next Generation - Empowering young people to work for peace and our environment

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