DCSD Celebrates Earth Day 2021

DCSD Celebrates Earth Day 2021
Posted on 04/22/2021
Wildcat Mountain Garden Club

Today is Earth Day. All across DCSD, earth-friendly school programs and clubs are sprouting up to make a greener tomorrow. Students of all ages are learning to nurture their environments while inspiring wonder. Take a look at what some of our schools are doing to celebrate Earth Day every day.

Cimarron Middle School
Cimarron Middle School Environmental Team Teachers Lacey Meehan and Brianna Lajeunesse started an Environmental Team this year with their fellow teachers and, later, the students at Cimarron Middle School (CIMS). The first project was to tackle the waste problem at school, and they did just that!

Many exciting projects are on the horizon for CIMS, including an outdoor learning space for all students to enjoy. Students pioneered the project from concept, design, and proposal. They presented the idea to Principal Chris Zimmerman who gave them the green light for the green thumb project. Future ambitions for this space will include a garden with Colorado native plants.

Cherry Valley Elementary Mobile Garden 
Cherry Valley Mobile Ag Lab

Vegetables to go, please! Cherry Valley Elementary (CVE) has transformed a trailer into a mobile agricultural lab. Students plant vegetables in the spring, and during the summer they transport the trailer to CVE families to be weeded, watered and harvested. A very hands-on experience that where learning about plants, gardening, harvesting and composting continues year-round!

Wildcat Mountain Elementary Sustainability Squad

Wildcat Mountain Garden Club

The Wildcat Mountain Elementary (WME) Sustainability Squad is a student leadership team supported by teachers, Sara Christensen and Shari Griffin. Students who join this green squad help implement ways of helping the school become more earth-friendly. They are self-motivated, science lovers and not afraid to get dirty.

Sedalia Elementary Indoor Gardens

Several schools choose to maintain an indoor garden for easier year-round upkeep. These gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Take a look at the variety of greenery at Sedalia Elementary (SEDE), where the students enjoy a tall garden tower, and the staff enjoys a low-rise garden in their lounge.

Sedalia Garden Tower  Sedalia Staff Garden Sedalia Garden


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