1. "We Saw You Being Green" Program - Each class received a poster. Each time the students turn off the lights when they leave the classroom, they fill in one of the boxes on the ten frames. When the students have turned off the lights 50 times and all 5 ten frames are completely filled, the class earns a prize. Students also made switch plate covers reminding students to turn off the lights for all classroom areas. 2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle - For the past three years we have had new and improved "Waste Free Wednesday" lunches at Swansfield Elementary. Over this period of time, students have started not only bringing waste free lunches on Wednesday, but on other days of the week as well. All students now receive their lunches on corregated cardboard trays that are completely recycleable. No more water is wasted washing plastic trays. Styrofoam trays are never used. Students do not only recycle in the cafeteria. Recycling bins are located in all classrooms and team areas. Every Wednesday the Green Beanz bring these recycleables to the appropriate containers. Recycling is what we do! 3. Located in the heart of Columbia, within walking distance of multiple fast food restaurants, and the age of video games, we put a great deal of emphasis on getting outdoors, walking , and creating a healthy school environment through our new Healthy Living Night and multiple exercise programs including Fitness Fridays. Fitness Fridays - With healthy living and responsible transportation in mind, our students participate in a weekly recess program, Fitness Fridays. We also sponsor a bi-annual Walk to School Day and, in conjunction with our bike unit in P.E. , a Ride Your Bike to School Day. Students also enjoy the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. 4. Since Swansfield became a Green School in 2010, we continue to develop and maintain our Native Plants garden and care for our wetlands, 5. We have participated in Trout in the Classroom for the past 8 years, and over time it has become a staple in our 4th grade environmental education program. Not only do the students learn how to care for the trout, they also develop an understanding of the issues that threaten the trout's survival in the Bay and what we as stakeholders can do to protect the trout.
Swansfield Elementary School's students, staff, and community are driven to being GREEN by the reward of responsible stewardship of our environment. Our community would be extremely proud to have our efforts recognized by a Green School recertification. Thank you.