Donning dresses made of paper and robot outfits made of cardboard boxes, the students at The Goddard School in Concord strutted their stuff while celebrating Root for Earth Week.
The annual Goddard School event focused on Earth Day, April 22, and was designed to teach students the importance of environmental and energy conservation, said Mandy Cash, owner of the Concord school.
“It serves to plant the seeds of change for the Goddard School’s children and families to create a happier and healthier Earth for generations to come,” she said.
During the week, the students, who range from 6 weeks to 6 years old, participated in hands-on activities designed to teach them about recycling and other conservation efforts, Cash said.
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“The whole school was very involved,” she said.
The 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Fashion Show challenged the students to create outfits out of reusable materials found around the school. The students wore everything from dresses made from grocery bags to a Lego themed ensemble made from cardboard boxes, Cash said.
“We had all kinds of fun and creative things,” she said.
Cash said many parents came to watch the recycles fashion show and get into the conservation spirit with their kids.
“It helps tie in the whole community,” she said.
Putting their knowledge to the test, the 2 -year-old students created a spaceship out of materials they found around the school, Cash said.
“They realized they could make something that is just as fun as the toys in the classroom just from things they found in the building that were going to go in the trash,” she said.
On Earth Day, all the Goddard Schools across the country participated in a lights out movement by turning off all non-essential lights for an hour at 10 a.m., Cash said.
“It’s a great time for teachers to talk about the importance of conserving energy,” she said.
The students also used the week to start planting the school’s garden. They have planted strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, green beans, radishes and more, Cash said. They will maintain the garden throughout the summer.
“It doesn’t just end at Earth Day,” she said. “It’s really great.”
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