|| Arvon Township
The six students at this school (in grades 2-6) learned
about what happens to water once it goes down the drain. They did
a project where they took "wastewater" and used screens, rocks,
charcoal, coffee filters, and alum to filter out the waste from
the water, modeling the process that happens in a sewage treatment
facility. After completing this project, students wrote haiku poetry
about water. Click here to read their work.
Sparkling Water Haiku
by teacher Michelle Seppanen, fifty-eight first graders from CJ
Sullivan planted wildflower seeds in their classroom. They planned
to take care of the growing plants, and then transplant them into
a butterfly garden at the school. Joanne Besonen's seventeen second
graders studied bats and then did a project to help educate others
about why people should protect bats. They made illustrated posters
to try to get people to think about their behavior toward bats and
to improve people's behavior toward bats. Students hung their posters
around the Covington/Watton, L'Anse, and Baraga areas. One poster
even went to Carlsbad Masonic Lodge in California!
students from Cherrie Huelsberg's after school science class made
bird feeders from used milk cartons. The students took their bird
feeders home to hang on trees and watch for birds.
Holman, Stanton Township
11 eight graders at E.B. Holman noticed that the area around the
Redridge Dam was becoming littered with trash. To help make this
area a cleaner and more enjoyable place for recreational use, as
well as an improved habitat for fish and wildlife, students armed
themselves with rakes, shovels, and garbage bags, and cleaned up
garbage around the Redridge Dam area.
Middle School, Hancock
students (grades 6-8) from the Hancock Middle School Student Council,
coordinated by Ruth Ann Smith, worked to improve their school grounds.
First they conducted a schoolyard cleanup and then held a bake sale
to raise money in order to purchase a tree for their schoolyard.
On their own, three students at the Middle School initiated their
own project. At Porvoo Park, the three students raked leaves, cleaned
up trash, and planted new flowers. Another student, independently
initiated a project regarding the Iberian Linx, an endangered species
found in the Iberian Peninsula. In the future, this student plans
to work to raise funds to help assist in the conservation of this
High School, Hancock
students from Kerry Kostamo's 6th hour class completed a clean up
of their school grounds. Kostamo's 7th hour class collected recyclable
pop cans as a fundraiser for the Hancock Beautification project.
Five student created works of art out of items that had would have
otherwise been considered "garbage." Two students also created posters
to advertise the MTU Earth Week events. The posters were then posted
throughout the school.
about bats, Jayne Johnson thirty-six kindergarten students built
bat houses and bird feeders to hang at their school. Twenty-three
students from Lois Jambekar's fifth grade class completed two projects.
At the beginning of the year, the class started a paper-recycling
program for their school. They placed boxes in each classroom for
recyclable paper, and then collected the paper throughout the school
year on a weekly basis. Community Mental Health helped by picking
the paper up from the school every week and transferring it to a
recycling center in Wisconsin. As a second project, the class also
conducted trash pick-ups at several sites in the Houghton area.
They picked up trash along the Houghton waterfront, as well as along
the blocks of Jacker, Baraga, Calverley, and Douglass Avenues in
High School, Painesdale
from Steve Lancour's Class at Jeffer's High School started a paper-recycling
program at their school. Students placed boxes in each classroom
and then collected the paper on a regular basis. Waste paper was
either taken to the recycling station, or turned into scratch paper
for use in the school. The group hoped to get an idea of how much
paper is used during the school year, and how much ends up in the
area landfills. In another project, three students from Jeffer's
High School worked with teachers Lindsey Thompson and Gary Miller
to build 2 picnic tables for their newly designed courtyard area.
Students at the school will now be able to enjoy their lunches outdoors
during warm weather.
Linden-Hubbell Elementary, Lake Linden
fifty students from Nadine Plante's 8th grade science classes conducted
an in-stream and stream bank clean up along the Trap Rock River.
During the previous fall students completed a water quality study
at the same four sites. Throughout the project, students learned
about habitat, water chemistry, pollution, and local history.
nineteen 3rd grade students studied about ways to keep the earth
healthy and made posters relating some of the ideas they learned.
They planned to display these posters around the community to inform
other so the importance of a healthy earth.
Grand Prize Winners!
to our Grand Prize winners, selected by drawing from all entries!
Day Tool Kit-Grade K-5 age group
C.J. Sullivan Elementary
Teacher: Joanne Besonen
Jeffer’s High School
Teachers: Steve Lancour, Lindsey Thompson, and Gary Miller
to Student Winners and the Western U.P. Center: Winner of Michigan's
Education Excellence Award form the Michigan Association of School
Boards (MASB) and sponsored by SET SEG, School Insurance
Western Upper Peninsula
Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
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