Earth Week was extra busy and educational at Len Wood Middle School!
To celebrate Earth Week, which was April 22-26, students and staff at Len Wood planted 350 fir tree plugs at Pleasant Valley Manor. The next day a group of students held a community garbage clean up while others watched the documentary “Plastic Island” and learned about the dangers of all the plastic making its way into the oceans.
The week has special significance for students and staff as Len Wood Middle is taking part in the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) B.C. Wild School program, which is a free, whole-school, three year initiative for K-8 schools supporting outdoor and place-based learning. They are working with Kim Fulton, (aka Dr. Fish) a well known local retired principal and WILD BC scientist.
Earlier in the week class reps worked with their class to create a slogan and earth drawings to share, with the end products now proudly being displayed on the school’s bulletin boards!
Principal Denise Brown explained every LWMS student completed a detailed drawing of the Earth and each class created or chose an Earth Day slogan.
“We used respectful, specific and encouraging feedback in critique groups after each draft of the drawings, to produce quality work. Students completed three to four drafts before their final drawing. We are utilizing the project to teach the power of feedback and reinforce having a growth mindset!”
She added that as well as planting trees to do their part for Earth Day, the seniors from PV Manor visited which allowed our students to make some inter-generational connections. The tree planting project is part of the school’s Habitat Fund Grant and also for Communities In Bloom. In May, some LWMS classes will also plant marigolds as another component of Communities In Bloom.