After the previous two taking place during at-home learning, the Junior School was thrilled to celebrate Earth day together again. As part of the Leadership4Learning program, Grade 3 took the reins and organized the day, leading various activities all focused on ways we can help take care of our Earth. We had a litter pick-up around our yard and wrote wishes for the Earth to hang on our special tree in the front hall. Alongside the Middle/Senior School, we wrote chalk messages on the pathway to school celebrating all that the Earth gives us. At our week-end virtual assembly, we read the story of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman who spearheaded a campaign to plant trees and make Kenya green again-showcasing that all it takes is one person to stand up for what’s right and make a difference. With Mrs. Pike’s help, we recorded a catchy song to help everyone remember to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. The highlight of the day had to be planting Baby Blue, a blue spruce tree that will grow with us, giving us oxygen and one day shade in exchange for our love and care. At Elmwood, we believe in fostering students who learn with enthusiasm and turn that learning into action to improve the world around them, and Earth day this year was a perfect example. 

This article was written by Grade 3 Teacher, Rachel Luard