20 Apr Earth Week Begins at Advent
Below is a message from the Parents Association, which was shared in the April editions of Advent’s @Advent Newsletter, about the upcoming Earth Week initiative and pledge. Be sure to check back here for exciting updates throughout the week.
“Happy Earth Day month, everyone! The Parents Association is excited to launch our very first Earth Week and give you a sneak peak of our official Advent Earth Week Pledge here! In honor of Earth Day, please join us in celebrating our vibrant planet as we come together as a community and vow to do our best to protect it.
Beginning on Monday, April 23, the PA will launch our week-long Earth Pledge initiative. For five days, our entire Advent community will pledge to do as many planet-saving actions as possible. Everyone will ‘plant’ a leaf (or goldfinch or monarch butterfly) on our Earth Day tree in the School’s foyer for every action taken; over the week, we will witness our collective efforts bring the tree to life.
Our ‘Earth Week’ will culminate with everyone wearing green or an Earth Day-inspired outfit on Friday, April 27, and coming together for a Charles River Cleanup and playground gathering on Saturday, April 28. Please take time as a family to peruse, discuss, sign the pledge, and prepare for action!
Here’s what to do…
- Step 1: Read over and discuss the Planet Saving Actions with your family.
- Step 2: Commit to as many Planet Saving Actions as you are able to.
- Step 3: Sign the pledge here and the one posted in Advent‘s foyer for all to see.
- Step 4: ‘Plant’ a leaf on our Advent tree for every action you do every day. Put a goldfinch up if you do Action #4; put a monarch butterfly up if you complete any of the Bonus actions.
- Step 5: Send pictures of you completing the actions to the PA for our Earth Week blog.
- Step 6: Wear green, or an Earth Day inspired outfit, on Friday, April 28 to celebrate!”
Monday, April 23, 2018
At the conclusion of the first day of Advent’s Earth Week, leaves are appearing on the tree in the School’s foyer, and families are sharing photos from their environmentally friendly actions. Stories of students taking shorter showers, parents using reusable mugs, among several others, can be heard throughout the School’s halls. We are looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The second day of Advent’s Earth Week was a successful day of students and families expanding their environmentally friendly habits to the greater Boston community. Families opted for reusable containers at Whole Foods instead of plastics bags or paper wrap, rode bikes to school instead of driving cars, and refused disposable plastic straws in coffee cups.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
At the mid-week point, families really started integrating environmentally friendly habits into their daily routine. One of the quickest and easiest switches to make is to use stainless steel, reusable straws, instead of plastic ones!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The excitement around Earth Week was amplified by a Fourth Grade visit to our community partners at Bootstrap Compost! Students learned about the composting process firsthand, and the positive impact it has on our planet. As the School’s composting team, the Fourth Graders enjoyed learning more about why they consolidate and clear out the composting buckets from classrooms and offices each week!
Friday, April 27, 2018
At the conclusion of our first Earth Week, the School community is reflecting on the habits we have altered throughout this week. From students turning off the water while they brush their teeth, to teachers using reusable lunch bags, to families enrolling in Bootstrap Compost, every change, big or small, has helped us to preserve the planet we call home! Thank you to our entire community for participating in this initiative, and we are excited to see many of you tomorrow at the Charles River Esplanade Cleanup!