This school year, the older grades at my kids' school have been participating in an program called "Roots and Shoots", which is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute.
All year grades 4 to 8 have been discussing ways to be more aware about the environment. Not only have they learned more about recycling but they've been hands on in everything. The older kids have started a small garden and take care of the trees in the play area that were planted last spring.
The first part of the year they voted to be in chart of one recycling program at school. Y'all know that there's a program where schools can earn money by collecting used Capri Sun containers. The older kids actually walk around and make sure all the younger kids put their Capri Sun containers into a specific container at lunchtime. Then the older kids make sure the containers are squeezed empty and then put them into another container.
Last month, the kids put together a play. They made the sets and costumes with donated items from us parents. They painted different environments where animals live. They made masks to represent a number of animals. They had sound effects. It was a really cute play.
Here are the kids in the first photo. Check out how tiny the Princess is (who is in the 4th grade) compared to the two boys (a 5th grader and a 6th grader).
Because of all the good work the kids have done through this school year, they've been invited to present the projects they've worked on to Jane Goodall and to other Roots and Shoots members. Then the kids will attend a lecture where Jane Goodall will be the key note speaker. Can you believe it? My 9-year-old daughter is going to have an opportunity to meet an amazing like Jane Goodall. I'm amazed. Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to educating people about animals. She's kind of expanded the ideas of what Jacques Costeau did with ocean awareness.
I'm just so proud of the kids at the school. They realize that if they work together that they CAN make an impact. What a great lesson to learn, don't you think?