1. Our beautiful habitat mural, created with the help of resident artists, was a huge school wide and community effort. Students designed and then created the mural using recycled materials.
All grades participated in the design and creation process. Former students even returned from middle school to help paint the backdrop for the artwork! Our mural depicting Chesapeake Bay area animals and their habitat is displayed in the hall for everyone to enjoy.
2. The Fourth Grade Green Kids worked throughout the year on numerous projects to help our school become even more environmentally aware. They monitored and recognized classes which consistently turned off their lights and reduced energy usage. Signs were posted at all classroom sinks and hall water fountains to encourage water conservation. Students also stenciled the storm drains on the school property to increase awareness of water going to the Chesapeake Bay.
3. The Fifth Grade "Keeping it Green" seminar students were involved in numerous projects as well. Waste Free Wednesdays encourage recycling in the lunch room and reduced our school's trash. Students also researched native plants and designed a garden to attract birds and butterflies. Fifth graders collect our paper recycling bins from office and resource teachers rooms.
4. TRES has maintained many recycling collections over the years and we continue to expand our recycling efforts. Students decorated collection boxes for glue stick recycling, advertised and collected juice pouches to reduce the school's carbon footprint and maintained these programs all year. In addition to Waste Free Wednesdays and juice pouch collections in the lunch room, this year we added glue sticks, cell phones, ink jet and toner cartridges and e-waste recycling bins to our collections.
5. We've raised and released numerous animals and plants over the years. Terrapins, trout, bluegills, bay grasses, and butterflies have all been raised and released for habitat restoration. Students are engaged in a variety of ways to support habitat restoration by making oyster reef balls, planning a native plant garden, and evaluating our school grounds for environmental concerns. These hands on experiences help students understand the impact environmental changes have on living species and the importance of protecting the environment.