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    Every Day is Earth Day in Seattle Public Schools
    Posted on 05/01/2019
    Whittier students pose for a photo in front of the storm drain they painted.

    Every Day is Earth Day in Seattle Public Schools

    Getting involved in activities on or around Earth Day has supported environmental protection for the nation since April 22, 1970, when United States Senator Gaylord Nelson held an environmental teach-in to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment coast-to-coast.

    Whether leading community cleanups, planting florals and fauna, or organizing recycling events, Seattle Public Schools communities are lending Mother Earth a helping hand for Earth Day with events focused on education, advocacy, and small steps that can have a big impact on improving the health of our planet. Here are some of the festivities across Seattle commemorating the global environmental holiday.

    Whittier Elementary students in Ms. O’Leary’s kindergarten class are turning learning into action. After an Earth Day Read Aloud, students discussed positive changes they can make for our environment. The students and adult helpers located all the catch basins on the campus, and proceeded to stencil “Dump No Waste, Drains to Sound” as a reminder to everyone to contemplate where our storm water goes, and to protect the Puget Sound from pollution.

    Students work togehter to clean up the school landscape.Earth Day is a long-standing tradition at Arbor Heights, with students participating in weeding the landscape around their school, filling dozens of yard-waste bags.

    Numerous school families, staff, and students practice stewardship particularly during spring months by taking care of their school grounds. This spring, the following schools have or will engage in grounds projects – weeding, mulching, litter-pickup, planting trees and native plants, stenciling storm drains, building/tending learning gardens, and Earth-inspired art projects:

    Adams, Jane Addams, Arbor Heights, Bryant, Cascade Partnership, Cascadia, Coe, BF Day, Dearborn Park, Decatur, Fairmount Park, Gatewood, Bailey Gatzert, Green Lake, Greenwood, Nathan Hale, Highland Park, Lawton, McClure, Meany, Montlake, Rainier View, Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Salmon Bay, Wedgwood, and Whittier.

    Did you know — some of the many benefits of placing arborist mulch in your landscape beds and gardens: helps squelch weeds, adds nutrients to soil, retains precious moisture around plants, provides habitat for beneficial worms and insects, moderates soil temperature during hot and cold weather, adds beauty to your school grounds, uses a recycled product, and controls erosion. Most importantly, it shows we care!

    Thank you to our many SPS schools and students who are making a difference for the environment!

    Read about systemic resource conservation in Seattle Public Schools.