It’s great when students can apply the skills and topics they learn in the classroom to community events, but sharing that knowledge to make a difference and raise awareness for environmental issues is fantastic. Check out this great example from students in Louisiana.
Students at Lafayette Middle School’s Environmental Science Academy celebrated Earthy Day by teaching their community about local environmental issues at its fifth annual Earth Day Celebration. The students focused on the two-year anniversary of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“I think it’s important to learn about the wetlands, so you can support them,” seventh-grade student A’Ishah Trahan told The Adviser. “You learn how to care for them and how to watch out for the environment.”
Lafayette Middle’s principal Monique Boutte Magee uses the oil spill as a teaching mechanism.
“With the last couple years with the oil spill and the different problems that Louisiana has faced, it’s important to make people aware of how to conserve the environment,” Magee said. “And that’s one of the reasons we have the Earth Day celebration: to teach the public about conserving our environment and preserving what we have in Louisiana and our coastlines.”
We think this is a great way to connect real-world events with what students learn in the classroom. The celebtration is also a perfect example of involving the community in your students’ learning process.
Have you tried something similar? We’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment in the box below.
If you want to read up more on Lafayette Middle’s celebration, check out this article in The Adviser.