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North Star Academy partners with local businesses on Earth Day

North Star students at work on Earth Day

Students participate in school-wide community service day

PARKER Students from North Star Academy (NSA), a K-8 public charter school in Douglas County, partnered with several local organizations to celebrate Earth Day as part of a school-wide community service day. Over 600 students, teachers and parents spent the day assisting local businesses with activities ranging from outdoor education to community cleanup and landscape improvements.

The school-wide community service day is a component of the school’s character education and service learning program with a goal of teaching students to be respectful and responsible participants in the school and community. This year’s Earth Day project involved partnerships with several local organizations including the Stonegate Life Center, Montessori Preschool, Champion Bank, City Bark, Cherry Creek Reservoir and Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Each business was assigned a group of NSA students, teachers and parent volunteers, and the groups worked together to identify a project for the day including cleaning, planting, participating in recycling projects and writing letters to local citizens.

North Star students at work on Earth Day “Earth Day is about taking care of the environment and I enjoyed working with my friends to help clean-up the community we live in,” stated Jeeva Senthilnathan, a sixth grade student at NSA. “My group explored the Parker water table route in Cherry Creek and I was surprised at the amount of trash that was visibly clogging our water drains.”

“The students of North Star Academy were delightful to have at our business,” stated Whitney Miles, Assistant Vice President of Operations at Champion Bank. “We explored the landscaping on our property, planted seeds for the upcoming season and discussed the honeybee habitats. Valerie Holden is our Executive Vice President and also a Master Beekeeper for the Town of Parker. The students were engaged in the discussions, respectful and provided a wonderful service for our local business.”

NSA’s service learning program is both local and global in nature and offered at all levels of the school – from kindergarten through eighth grade. Studies have shown that involvement in community service projects provides students with a sense of usefulness and purpose as well as promotes their personal, social and intellectual growth. Previous community service projects have included partnerships with Heifer International, Clowns without Borders, Kiva Foundation, Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, among others.

May 13, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: North Star Academy, Charter Schools

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