Our annual spring day of service was May 12, and we were blown away by the work that our students completed. They were investigators, mathematicians, foragers, gardeners, inspectors, and researchers.
The students divided into four interest groups: energy use, air/soil quality, green cleaners, and edible gardening. Students in group one did an energy audit of the school. They did an inventory of all the lightbulbs in our school and then calculated how much energy they each use. They also collected survey data from students about their water use at home. To finish out their day, they made reminders about ways to save energy to hang around the school.
In the morning, students in group two worked with two experts from the Indiana Department of Health to conduct air testing throughout the school. In the afternoon, they collected soil samples from several areas on our school grounds.
Group three researched the cleaners that are used in our school each day and learned about the benefits of using green or natural cleaning products. They spent the afternoon making samples of homemade, vinegar based multi-purpose cleaner for each student to take home with them.
Finally, students in group four planted an edible garden outside of our K-1 classroom, with the help of school parent Diana Gibbons, and spent the afternoon foraging for edible and medicinal plants on our school grounds with experts from White Pine Wilderness Academy.