Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Marine Environmental Educator Visits Third Grade Science

GFS alumni David Hayward (pictured left), class of 1968, is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer. His mission is to educate citizens about ways to help improve the health of our waterways. Third grade students chose water as their environmental action project this year and invited Mr. Hayward to visit and share his experience.

Students were fully engaged as they learned the story of Inky the baby pygmy sperm whale who was beached due to a stomach full of plastic. Coast Guard volunteers, among many others, helped to rescue and save Inky from the health issues caused by human litter. Inky's luck changed for the better. What about the other wildlife affected by litter?

How can we make a difference? There are many ways to help. Let's start with something simple, like using reusable bags for shopping and carrying personal items.

Did you know that...
  • About 750 billion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year? Less than 1% of those bags are recycled.
  • The rest of those bags end up in landfills or as litter in every ocean on our planet.
  • Plastic bags photodegrade (not biodegrade) into smaller toxic polymers which contaminate water and soil.
  • If you use a reusable cloth bag, you save 6 plastic bags per week on average. That's 24 bags per month. 288 bags per year. 22,176 in an average lifetime.
  • If just 1 person in 5 did this we would save 1,330,560,000,000 plastic bags.

Some good news...
  • China and Bangladesh have banned plastic bags.
  • Ireland now charges consumers for plastic bags.
  • San Francisco has banned plastic bags. Oakland and Boston are considering bans.
and by the way...
  • Plastic bags are made from oil
  • Reducing plastic bags decreases our dependence on foreign oil
  • China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year because of their ban on plastic bags!
There are so many ways our community can make a difference. Stop using plastic water bottles for the same reasons listed above. GFS hasn't missed them since we stopped buying them 2 years ago!

Thank you to Mr. Hayward for volunteering to make a difference by educating people and empowering them to feel like they CAN make a difference. Every little effort helps.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Special Thank You to our Parent Volunteers!

We would not have been as successful with our program without the help of the following EAC parents who donated their time:

Indre Page
Barbara Overholser
Emily Daeschler
Madhuri Malkani
Sue Smith
Amina Loder
Tema Esberg
Judy McCoubrey
Jeanette Pailas

Thank you... thank you... thank you!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By Eamon M

First we were wondering what our project was going to be for this year's EAC. Matthew and I came up with an idea. Karen was talking about a machine that opened the windows in the Sharpless building green house based on the temperature so the plants don’t dry. Sadly it broke. Matthew and I came up with an idea (the same idea as Cassie and Maya) to raise money to fix the machine. Then the oil spill happened, so Karen asked if we wanted to raise money to help clean up the oil spill. We raised $277.08 with a lemonade stand and donations.
In the 4th grade EAC we have done a lot, we have picked up litter, we have done a lemonade sale raising $277.08 in donations and selling lemonade. One of are main ideas are to convince people to compost, pick up litter and much more things.

Lily Z.
This is the last EAC of the year!! I wish we could have more time. The weeks went by so fast. From are lemonade stand we raised $277.08. we all put a lot of effort in to this. I think EAC is a great idea to get involved and it was fun. When I heard this was the last time I would be going to 4th grade EAC I was SO UPSET
-Caroline K
In our 4th grade environmental action club we raised $277.08 for the Gulf of Mexico to help clean the oil out and save the animals that were affected during the leak. We had a lemonade committee which was made up of five or six students who ran the committee. Posters were made and we told our family and friends. Our people that helped us were supporting. We would like to thank all the parents that helped us during our time and the people that bought our lemonade we couldn't have done it with out them. We all can make a difference in the world. I think we all are looking forward to 5th grade environmental action club.

This is the last E.A.C. meeting,so sad! we have had so much fun! Who knew helping the environment could be exciting! and I'm almost sure that most of us are going to 5th grade E.A.C!

We made 277.8 dollars and are proud of it! The money will be going to the oil spill off the gulf
of Mexico. We have also been making a petition against off shore drilling, and most of our parents have signed.
So...Good bye

-4th grade E.A.C.

the final fourth grade EAC meeting, and a thank you

Now the environmental action club is over, and we have accomplished our goal! So happy but so sad.
We have made $277.08 from the lemonade stand that we organized, and worked so hard to make lemonade, and advertise the cause, which was going to the oil spill that is killing animals and hurting the earth. But we are also going away to the peak of lower school, fifth grade, or going to another school, or moving to a place like Venice. Well, we might just stay here, and be in the fifth grade EAC. But we might not. Anyway, we are just happy that we have helped mother nature, helped the environment, helped the world.

So thanks all you people out there for buying our lemonade, and signing our petition too!!!!!! And say goodbye to the fourth grade EAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-The Fourth Grade EAC

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Giza shows our community the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster...and the ways we can help.You can help too!
Write to:

President Barack Obama
Senator Arlen Specter
Senator Robert Casey
Rep. Bob Brady
Rep. Allyson Schwartz
or your local representative
and tell them...

I oppose offshore drilling because it poses environmental threats through oil spills, and prefer energy solutions that do not emit carbon gases. It kills our fish, mammals and shellfish in our oceans. It adds pollution to our water ways and in our skies. Please consider other means that would be safer for our environment.

EAC will even mail your letter for you!
Planting spring flowers...thank you Cara Patchell!

Will plants geranium ...

Cara and Aaron plant pansies...

Caroline and Lily enjoy the colorful blooms

Jessie and Zami enjoy digging into the earth!

The lemonade crew

did we expect this many customers?

Dick Wade signs a letter to our leaders ... help us find alternative energy sources so we can reduce offshore drilling! You can sign too...find an EAC member for more information.

happy workers

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Students are fundraising for rescue efforts in Gulf of Mexico!

Join 4th grade EAC after school today for a lemonade sale.

All proceeds to support water clean up and wildlife rescue in the damaged area.

Tuesday in front of the main building - 3:15-4:15 pm