Each year on April 22nd people across the US celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day originated in the US in 1970, becoming recognized worldwide by 1990. Here are a few more interesting facts about Earth Day:
- Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
- Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
- On Earth Day in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
It sounds clique to say, but children are the future of this planet. Educating students in school about different ways they can help the environment is crucial. This Earth Day, try to implement one of these initiatives:
1. Go Paperless
Did you know k-12 schools, on average, use about 250,000 pieces of paper each year? That’s crazy! If you’re still sending home flyers and newsletters in student’s backpacks, you should consider going paperless. Many schools have implemented a school notification system to help go green. Using email, voice and SMS text messages instead of paper notifications will save both valuable staff time and money.
2. Trash the Trash
Designate Earth Day as ‘Trash the Trash’ day at school – a day when students bring in a lunch that creates zero garbage. For example, packing a lunch in a reusable container or using thermoses instead of juice boxes.
Bonus Fact! According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, if every child did this every day, your school would save an average of 67.5 pounds of trash per year, per child!
3. Sponsor an Earth Day Poster Contest
Allow students time in class to work on their posters so everyone has a chance to enter. Select winning posters from each grade and display them throughout the school.
4. Host an Earth Day Reading Night
Encourage students to turn off the television or disconnect the iPad for the evening and read a book instead! Ask school administrators and staff to recommend books with an environmental message.
What is your k-12 school doing this Earth Day? Share your ideas on our blog!