Green Steps: Environmental Education Workshop

Environmental Education Liaison Meeting
September 22, 2014

Take the Pledge!  Members of the Green Team attended the EEL Meeting “America Recycles Day Lessons” on September 22nd. Lessons and activities were introduced that can be used in our classrooms to educate students about recycling and promote America Recycles Day on November 15th!  York County Recycling is providing us with the pledge cards for students and teachers.  We will collect them and choose winners from each grade level to receive some great prizes, donated by York County Recycling.  A special thank you to our host site, Springfield Middle School!  Go Mustangs!

Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow

Teachers at OPES enjoyed an Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow workshop with Mary Margaret Mendenhall from SCDHEC hosted by the OPES Green Team. Action is a curriculum based learning program about taking action with our environment. Each teacher was given an Action curriculum book with standards based lessons ready to take back to their classrooms. Mrs. Mendenhall lead teachers through some of the lessons such as “A Rotten Idea,” “Recycle It,” and “My Bag.” We are excited to take these lessons about the environment and recycling to educate our students to have a greener tomorrow.

“Talons to the Turf”

OPES has gone all in for international walk to school day, October 8. To kick off the event, the Environmental Club took old recycled shoes, painted them, and decorated the shoes using recycled items such as newspapers, bottle caps, magazines, crayons, feathers, bottle tops, pennies, and any other cool stuff we could find. We then displayed our shoes for everyone to see how we used recycled projects to make cool art and let them know about International Walk to School Day!

We hope that on October 8, everyone will walk to school and participate in Orchard Parks “Talons to the Turf” celebration for International Walk to School Day!

Student Authors: Morgan, Cal, Emma, Noah 

“LEED the Way to Greener Schools!”
Blythewood, SC
September 11, 2014

On Thursday, September 11th we attended the 2014 South Carolina Green Schools Summit in Blythewood, S.C. Educators, architects, engineers, and state legislators shared information about green building practices, energy reduction strategies, and many other aspects of sustainability. Among those in attendance was Molly Spearman, candidate for State Superintendent of Education!


OPES Green Team

Environmental Education Liaison Brunch
Rock Hill, SC
August 5, 2014

Did you know that composting & coffee go together? Not only can you put coffee grounds in your composting pile; but it was also the topic of discussion this morning at Environmental Education Liaison Brunch held in Rock Hill! We enjoyed a great breakfast and also heard from both the Mayor of Rock Hill and the City Manager about some of the city’s exciting projects and their commitment to the environment. This annual event also recognizes those schools and students in York County that show excellence in environmental education. We enjoyed hearing about all of the interesting projects that other schools have implemented! We left there motivated to begin our “green steps,” and also with some really great door prizes—including a handmade quilt made from recycled fabric!

OPES Green Team

Take Action Workshop
Hartsville, SC
July 31, 2014

Mrs. Martinez, Mrs. Stephenson and I attended the Take Action Workshop in Hartsville, SC this past week! At this environmental workshop, experts shared information on topics such as: how to start a school-wide recycling program, the benefits of having classroom worm-composting bins, and award-winning Green Steps projects from this past year.
The highlight of the day was a field trip to the lovely Kalmia Gardens! We learned about composting and saw compost piles in a variety of stages. We also were able to try our hand at water quality testing in the Black Creek (no alligators in sight, only a snake or two!) that runs through the property. As you can imagine, we are excited about implementing all of the things we learned—particularly creating classroom worm bins!
We truly enjoyed learning more about how to educate students on environmental issues and networking with others that are committed to the effort as well. And, we were thrilled to leave Hartsville with a couple of prizes—a framed recycling poster and a giant Coke bottle recycling station!

Mrs. Babinchak
OPES Green Team

On Tuesday, July 29th,
OPES proudly hosted an Environmental Education workshop. 

Teachers were invited to participate in SC Green Steps Training, which is an environmental education initiative encouraging individual schools to take annual steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible. Presenters from SC Safe Routes to School and B2 Breathe Better shared information about their programs as well. Orchard Park is very excited about implementing these programs and working on our Green Steps projects!

Thank you to all of our guests that traveled from around the state to share information about their programs.

We would also like to thank all of those teachers that took time from their summer vacation to come and learn more about how to implement environmental education in their schools!


OPES Green Team
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