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What types of green projects can be found around your classroom and/or school?

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Jason Flom's picture
Jason Flom
Director-Elect in Tallahassee, FL

Students from three different grades manage the school's recycling program (including administrative offices).
Every year students from 1st grade through 8th participate in a Longleaf Pine Restoration project, planting trees in various locations.
Every class has a themed garden they cultivate -- some for food, some for habitat.
Two years ago we installed solar panels.
Two grades currently participate in the GLOBE program, collecting data on water quality.

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Cindy Johanson
Executive Director, Edutopia

Hi Jason, At my child's local elementary school in CA, we have many wonderful gardens: the Kinder-Garden, Rain Garden, Colonial Garden, Native American Garden & a Main Garden. Most of the gardens are maintained by parent volunteers and a kids "garden club" however some teachers are beginning to introduce gardening as part of their curriculum.

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Jason Flom
Director-Elect in Tallahassee, FL

Very cool, Cindy. I forwarded the site url to my school's art teacher. I really like the range of projects your students have going in the gardens (not to mention the variety of gardening styles. We try to follow a very similar model, but am definitely getting some ideas from Dixie's approach. Thanks!

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