Connecting with our community is an important part of our environmental initiatives. Parents and teachers work together to help our students with projects and to model best practices. By informing our community about environmental initiatives at school, parents become better educated about the environment, are able to model environmental stewardship at home, and can partner with the school to ensure the success of student projects.
Mount View families and staff were asked to sign a pledge to model environmentally sound practices at home and at school. Creating this pledge gave a focus to our initiatives and helped both staff and parents to communicate to our students that we were united in our efforts to improve our environmental habits both at school and at home.
"It is imperative that my family recycles every possible item, and we support all efforts that Mount View initiates for the younger generation." Katsion Family
BAGS AND BANDS CAMPAIGN:
Our largest educational and fundraising campaign of this school year, students organized the sale of eco-friendly wristbands and reusable gift bags. Designed and run by students, the campaign educated our community about the amount of waste created during the holiday season and encouraged our families to use reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper. Our school earned almost $300 from this fundraiser, and we used to money to help fund our outdoor classroom.
One of our largest projects of last school year, the newly formed environmental club was encouraged by the response they received from our community for this campaign. Educating our school families about the value of trees and helping Maryland to achieve its goal of planting 1 million trees by 2011 was our first community outreach program, and it motivated us to continue expanding our environmental initiatives.