April is Earth Awareness Month at HP School; today is Walk/Bike to School day!

April is declared Earth Awareness Month at Harrington Park School and here are some green happenings!

walk to school 6Today (April 9th) is HP School Walk/Bike to School Day and we are a nationally registered school! walk to school 3Green Club members will be hanging around the school yard stamping the hands of those who walk or bike to school. The winning homeroom will receive a prize!

walk to school 5The Green Club has created a new Classroom Pledge for all homeroom teachers to complete, sign, and return. The pledge has a number of check-off boxes of sustainable suggestions that the classrooms promise to commit to going forward. Go Green, HP!

walk to school 7At the end of April the Green Club members will be going into the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms as “Green Buddies” to teach younger students about recycling and other sustainable practices. It’s a fun way of getting the kids involved in sustainable practices at an early age!

walk to school 4Students are learning about carbon footprints. Ms. J., the Technology teacher at HP School, is having her students complete Carbon Footprints this week. They then are filling out “leaves” with their current CO2 consumption and their goals for next year (decreased) CO2 consumption amounts. The school plans to put the leaves/tree up near the main office. The HSA Environmental Committee will be helping out with this project. (look for a followup post on this!)

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd, and in honor of this day the HP School is suggesting a “waste free” lunch (reusable water bottle, reusable napkin and sandwich wrap or container, etc…) for all students. The waste free lunch is on the calendar and we have provided tips to HPTV to guide the students so we can have as little waste as possible in the lunchroom on that day. An informal waste audit will take place with the assistance of the HSA Environmental Committee – hopefully there will be very little to throw away!

Finally, on the afternoon of April 22nd, Mayor Hoelscher and the HP Environmental Commission are planning an Earth Day tree dedication ceremony at Donald Horsey Park in honor of Mark Becker. Mark was a founding member of a wonderful Bergen County environmental group called Bergen SWAN.  Sadly, Mark tragically passed away in a car accident about a month ago. He was 53. Everyone is welcome to join the short ceremony at 3:30pm (rain or shine). The school administration and the Green Club and Garden Club members have been invited. (more information soon!)

Submitted by Green Team member and HSA past president Theresa Napolitano

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