Kids at Rockdale Academy aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
In honor of Earth Day, Rockdale hosted its annual Global Conservation Day, which featured all things green and environmentally friendly. To kick off the celebration, teams of sixth-grade girls and boys collected 51 pounds of litter from Avondale. Students presented special research projects and experiments, educated attendees on the many roles we play in reducing our carbon footprint and demonstrated their true commitment to Rockdale’s Vision 2020 focus – to be leaders in Global Conservation.
“This is our opportunity to show our partners, friends and parents what global conservation means to us,” said Principal Belinda Tubbs-Wallace. “We want the community to know that this focus isn’t just ‘at school.’ This is who we are. We are aware of the things we say and do, and how we treat other humans and nature.”
Back at the school, each of the other grades contributed its own globally minded creation to the celebration. Fourth-graders even made their own compost, showcasing their 4-H knowledge while teaching parents and community members the benefits of composting. Inspired attendees took home their own compost starter. Artists in third-grade displayed their upcycled artisanship, while fifth-grade environmental scientists reminded attendees that pollution is everywhere with a hand-built diorama, complete with a research seminar.
“This celebration teaches to the whole child,” said Kelly Neal, Rockdale intervention specialist. “It teaches them to not only appreciate life, but humanity in general, while learning to respect the differences in earth as well as in people.”
Community partners got in on the fun, too. Rockdale Academy’s Green Team program mentors from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden volunteered at workshop stations, and The Home Depot supplied birdhouses and flower boxes, as well as DIY seed bombs for make-and-take workshops. Each student took home a grocery bag full of fresh produce supplied by the Freestore Foodbank.
“It means so much to keep the earth healthy,” said a third-grader. “You have something to do besides sitting at home and being bored.”
Keep up with the great things happening at Rockdale Academy at rockdaleacademy.cps-k12.org.