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Pre-K Takes Earth Day to Heart and Mind – A Lesson in Reuse photo

Pre-K Takes Earth Day to Heart and Mind – A Lesson in Reuse

This Earth Day all of the Pre-K students worked with their families to collect a variety of packaging including boxes, bottles, cardboard, and paper rolls.  The students then used these items in a variety of lessons including a two week lesson on transportation. 

The students used cut pool noodles to print railroad tracks and drew on cut boxes to create interlocking roadways.  They covered milk containers and food boxes to create homes and shops.  Then they pieced together a variety of cars and trucks. 

In the next unit the students used old soda bottles to create jet packs.  With left over paper tubes and cardboard, the student created measurement people and played a measurement game.  In the last week of the year, the students will use the remaining packaging to play store. Now the students look at packaging very differently, they don’t think where should this be recycled, but rather what can I make out of it.

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Sun Safety on our Playground! photo

Sun Safety on our Playground!

Three and a half years ago, Mrs. Christa Haller, PTO president at the time, learned about the sun shade grant opportunity through the AAD - American Academy of Dermatology.  Several moms volunteered to pursue the grant.  Dr. Darst, a dermatologist, sponsored the PTO and the PTO sun shade committee worked with Coach Mac and all the teachers to administer monthly sun awareness activities.  They ran this program for a year before applying for and ultimately winning the $8,000 grant.  We used that grant money to fund a sun shade that provides high UV protection to our children and teachers on the playground.

Today was an exciting day as we were able to cut the ribbon for the final stage of this endeavor.  Students gathered around as Mr. Haller shared the information about how this fabulous sun shade came to be.  Even Dr. Darst came out to help in the celebration! Everyone is thrilled with the shaded area and the concrete play area underneath.  Thank you to all that made this vision become a reality.  We certainly do have an amazing community!

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