Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education Part 1 Baraga, L'anse, Calumet, Chassell, Hancock, Bessemer
Part 2 Ironwood, Wakefield

Part 3 Houghton, Lake Linden
School Projects 2002
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2nd Annual Earth Day 2002
“Kids CAN Make A Difference” Program

More than 1100 students from twenty-seven school and youth groups from Baraga, Houghton, and Gogebic Counties participated in the 2nd annual “Kids CAN Make A Difference” Program in celebration of Earth Day 2002!! The program is sponsored by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, the Copper Country AmeriCorps, and the Wege Foundation. “This program encourages students to make a difference in their schools and communities by learning about, protecting and improving the environment. The students who conducted projects this year are very excited about their work.” explains program coordinator, Katie Walch.

~Area Students’ Projects~
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Ironwood: Our Lady of Peace School
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Grade Pre-K-6 students at Our Lady of Peace school completed several projects for Earth Day. They planned to plant a butterfly garden at their school, so they first learned about soils to determine the best soil for the plants they planned to use. They also raised butterflies in their classrooms to later introduce to their garden. After the garden was planted, students were planning to take turns over the summer to make sure the garden was cared for.

Ironwood: Luther L. Wright HS
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Grade 10-12 Chemistry students in Stephanie Mazzon’s classes completed an Earth Day mural competition at their school. Each Chemistry class designed and completed an Earth Day mural for display in the school. The sixth grade class voted on a winner in the competition. Topics for the murals included littering, recycling, and protecting the environment for the future.
Ironwood: Sleight Elementary
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Fourth graders in Noel Aho’s class at Sleight School designed and put together an Endangered Species book. Each student chose an endangered species to investigate. They designed and colored a page for the book detailing information they had found about their species. All of the students pages were compiled into a book that was bound and put in the school library for use by all students.

Wakefield: Wakefield School
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Seventh and Eighth grade students in Mary Toomey’s science classes built bird feeders and bird nesting boxes for the Earth Day Program. Students hung the feeders and nesting boxes around the school and at their homes. Both the feeders and the nesting boxes were constructed out of everyday household materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Ironwood: Brownie Girl Scout Troop #196
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Brownie Girl Scouts in Troop #196, with their troop leader Bridget Douglass, collected 450 brown paper bags from the Bessemer Big Dollar grocery store to color with Earth Day and recycling messages. They then brought them back to the store for distribution. They also toured the Gogebic Recycling Center to learn more about recycling and made projects out of “trash” to display on Earth Day.

Grand Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winners, selected by drawing from all entries!

Earth Day Tool Kit-Grade K-5 age group
Houghton Elementary: Shirley Outinen, Grade 1
Our Lady of Peace School: Roberta Fabbri, Grades K-6

Full day Spirit of the Voyageur field trip with Ron Hobart, Grade 6-12 age group
Hancock HS: Kerry Kostamo, Grades 9-12
Wakefield School: Mary Toomey, Grades 7 & 8

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