Across our planet, Earth Day took place this past Saturday, April 22nd. At Wheatley, we celebrated the day with a series of activities and information booths intended to educate and inform our students on issues related to Earth Day.
Some of the activities included:
- Assemblies with three guest lecturers on food choices, water conservation, and careers in conservation
- Interactions with a 10-foot boa constrictor and a 4.5 foot elk antler
- Fresh squeezed lemonade,
Frozen Bana-Nice Cream cones,
Demonstration of how coffee grids can be recycled
- A petition promoting school cafeteria composting (all of the lemon rinds, banana peels and coffee grinds were composted)
- A representative of the Town Of North Hempstead with literature about composting, rain barrels, rain gardens, household hazardous water disposal
- Stainless steel water bottle sales
- A taste test of bottled water and the filtered water from our Refill Stations
- Environmental T-shirt sales
- The announcement of a collection of used bikes on May 13 at PortFest at Schreiber High School and a campaign to raise $3,000 for matching funds by a private donor to purchase a shipping container to be used for ongoing bike collections in collaboration with the NY Chapter of Bikes for the World
As you can see from the photos, the 3-day Earth Fest was a lot of fun for all! A huge “thank you” to Steve Finkelstein and our EAC students for all of the work they did to prepare for the activities!
(Thanks to Audra Beberman for some of the photos.)