Winter updates from John Eager Howard

The newly painted entrance to John Eager Howard Elementary School (12/6/2011)

(photo credit: findingbaltimore.blogspot.com)

It was a busy fall semester at John Eager Howard Elementary School, where students and faculty are continuing to work towards  certification as a Maryland Green School.  To appreciate the progress we've made over the last few months, let's first review how far we've come in just one year:

In spring 2011, RHIC worked  with John Eager Howard students and staff to create the school’s first ever “Green Week,” which culminated in a “Tree Planting Day” for all 300 students. Since then, RHIC has continued to lead “Green Keepers,” a weekly after-school environmental science club. John Eager Howard staff members responded by creating a staff “Green Team” and a student "Environmental Ambassadors" groups to help coordinate school-wide greening initiatives, including starting a recycling program in every classroom, organizing weekly composting at the lunch room, participating in a "PARK(ing) Day" compost demonstration, planting vegetables in the school's newly constructed outdoor classroom, and sponsoring a “Go Green” t-shirt design contest.

Fall 2011 updates

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Green Keepers learning about watersheds (10/27/2011)

Green Keepers, an after school environmental science club of about 15 students, has continued to meet weekly. The students learned about issues from alternative energy to watersheds, and how those issues are relevant to Baltimore and Reservoir Hill.

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Bird Garden outside John Eager Howard (12/13/2011)

The Judy Center and BCCCRC installed a Bird Garden and designed an interdisciplinary curriculum, covering everything from colors to migratory patterns, for all grade levels.

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"Beyond Baltimore" mural in the outdoor classroom (12/13/2011)

Students in MICA class "Finding Baltimore" partnered with John Eager Howard to paint 4 educational murals throughout the school. Over the course of their fall semester, MICA students met with John Eager Howard's principal and students to design and paint projects that inspired learning.

MICA students and JEH students paint a hallway mural with native Maryland plants (12/6/2011)

(photo credit: findingbaltimore.blogspot.com)