Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
As the Massapequa Public School District places an emphasis on “going green,” administrators, teachers and students in buildings around the district have been participating in a variety of engaging projects to raise environmental awareness on many levels.
At Lockhart Elementary School, the Environmental “Green Team” Club, a popular extra-curricular activity, received a FutureCorps grant from Newsday, with which they planned and conducted a beautification of the school grounds through environmentally friendly acts.
Teams of students in grades three through six worked collaboratively to remove two Red Crimson Maple trees that were in place since 1957 and were dying and unsafe and planted new ones, in addition to designing and planting an “awareness garden” under the Lockhart school sign.
Students chose their theme for the garden carefully, planting red and pink flowers to raise awareness of breast cancer and yellow and violet/blue flowers to show their school pride. The students enjoyed playing their part in beautifying their school grounds, raising awareness of important issues, and being a part of the districtwide “go green” initiative.