Monday, May 29, 2017

Demonstration of Service Learning at the ES

Earlier this month elementary school teachers (and some students) were called upon to "share out" their work with regard to service learning. It was a chance for educators in all elementary school grades to celebrate their membership in our community of learners!  The share out included a short overview of the curricular connections of service learning experiences at each grade level (highlighted in the pictures above) as well as short presentations by the service learning team leads. The highlight - as one might suspect - was the presentation for grade one which was done by a small and enthusiastic group of first graders!  In service learning it is important to demonstrate the process and the learning and this was an opportunity to do just that through providing evidence of learning, curriculuar connections, learning experiences and and skills learned and developed over the course of the year. All great things to celebrate!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Garden Compost Update... 17,000 kg!

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If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon emissions, right after the United States and China. Nearly one third of all the world's food waste ends up in landfills. This food waste produces, not only carbon but also methane gas, which is one of the most potent of greenhouse gasses.

Thanks to the collective efforts of ASD’s community members and the school’s cafeteria partners, this school year we diverted an estimated 100 kilos of food waste per day.  This food waste feeds our garden’s composting program enabling us to have a cost effective and organic means of fertilizing.  This becomes even more impressive, when the effect is calculated over time.  Since the beginning of the year, our school community has diverted nearly 17, 000 kg of food waste!  A big thank you to the ASD community for your support of our garden and for ensuring that all that food waste is kept out of the landfill!  Think Global, Act Local is alive and well at ASD!

By Sandra Carden, Sustainable Garden Coordinator