Science and Environmental Education Earth Day Celebration
School Projects

Andrea Hinsenkamp and Earth Week Participants Seven schools and youth groups from Baraga, Houghton, and Gogebic Counties will participate in the first annual “We Can Make A Difference” Program in celebration of Earth Day 2001.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and Copper Country AmeriCorps.

“This program encourages students to gain a sense of environmental stewardship and enhances their awareness of the natural environment,” explains program coordinator, Andrea Hinsenkamp. “The 30th anniversary of Earth Day is April 22. We thought this would be a good way to get kids involved in their local communities while commemorating Earth Day.”

Over 400 students from seven school and youth groups registered their Earth Day projects for the program. These students will make a difference in their communities by learning about, protecting and improving the environment.

C-L-K Elementary in Calumet
The Art of Recycling At C-L-K Elementary in Calumet, Kathy Wetton’s 4th grade class is working in cooperation with Art teacher, Susan Rosemurgy to learn about “The Art of Recycling”. Their recycled artwork is on display at the school during the month of April. “Our artwork will be a great way to raise awareness about Earth Day activities and projects,” explains Rosemurgy.

Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary School
Paper-making Shredding Paper-making Pulping Paper-making Decorating

Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary School students will be enhancing their schoolyard with a butterfly garden and will conduct community education about stormwater runoff. MTU student Elly Bunzendahl and 2nd grade teacher, Erin Guili will work with the K-3rd students to plant the butterfly and wildlife flower garden.

Gardening in Lake Linden Gardening in Lake Linden

“The garden will enhance the appearance of the school and more importantly attract butterflies and birds,” explains Bunzendahl. Older students will learn about storm drains-what they are, and why it’s important not to dump wastes into stormdrains given that they drain directly into the lake.”

Stenciling Lake Linden storm drains Stenciling Lake Linden storm drains


Houghton Cub Scout Pack 201
Cub Scout Bird Houses Cub Scout Bird Houses

Houghton Cub Scout Pack 201’s first year Webelo Den #1 is building birdhouses for the nature trail near the Pilgrim River. They began by learning about what birds live in the area, and will survey the area to decide where to put them along the trail.

“Providing places for local birds to nest will help the community because the birds will eat mosquitoes and other insects and many people enjoy seeing and hearing them,” explains their leader Marty Sikarski. The Cub Scouts are also learning what they can do for birds in their own backyards!

Arvon Township School
Why we should use cloth instead of plastic Students at Arvon Township School in Baraga County are concerned about conserving resources and they intend to do something about it - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! After Sandra Bozynski’s K-6th grade students discussed and read about pollution, they decided to sell reusable cloth shopping bags.

They have created a design for their bags and are selling them at grocery stores and other businesses throughout Baraga County. They hope to persuade community members to use their bags instead of getting new paper or plastic bags each time they go to the grocery store. Their cloth shopping bags will be on sale beginning April 17th.

C. J. Sullivan Elementary School in L’Anse
C.J. Sullivan students read about recycling C.J. Sullivan students group photo

Heather Grentz’s 4th and 5th grade science classes at C. J. Sullivan Elementary School in L’Anse are starting an in-school recycling program.

Science classes are bringing recyclable household materials to school. They plan to display their efforts at the end of each week in order to make an impression on their classmates, by showing the amount of accumulated household waste that can be recycled.

Ironwood: A.D. Johnson Middle School/ High School
Rainforest Awareness Gogebic County students from Theresa Anderson’s 7th-12th grade special education class at A.D. Johnson Middle School/ High School are learning about the geography of rainforests and raising awareness about them in their school by writing, illustrating and binding a class book of endangered rainforest species. They’re creating a “Rainforest Jungle” experience inside the school so that all students will be able to “see, hear and smell the uniqueness of the forest.”

The students intend to make their concerns known by writing “letters of persuasion to higher government leaders as well as local leaders in support of rainforest protection.”

Bessemer: Sleight Elementary
Bessemer students map skinks Sleight Elem. students group photo

Also in Bessemer, Kristen Semo’s 1st grade class at Sleight Elementary are “helping to save animals” by learning about the local and global Skink populations.

They are researching skink habitat requirements, visiting habitat sites, learning things they can do to help protect these sites and teaching others about skinks by making posters to exhibit around their school.



“The students, teachers and parents are doing some wonderful things in celebration of Earth Day this year,” exclaims Hinsenkamp. Each participating group will receive a recognition certificate in honor of their accomplishments and a follow up newsletter will be distributed in the community so that others can see what everyone did and encourage greater involvement in the program next year!

All of the elementary school and youth groups will receive a special environmental education kit containing children’s books, outdoor education equipment, and activity guides for teachers. The one secondary group will have the opportunity to canoe in an authentic birchbark canoe with French voyageur, Ron Hobart.

June 19, 2001
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