News in the SchoolsThis week’s News from the Schools comes from AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators, Jenna and Harrision. Jenna Lei Moore has been engaged in social activism through various mediums – including community art/puppetry, tutoring/mentoring at-risk youth, urban farming, and creating opportunities for free & accessible learning. She is looking forward to being part of the re-framing and rethinking of Detroit as a Green School Coordinator! After five years in Chicago, Harrison Woods found his way back home to the city of Detroit. An experienced academic tutor and overnight camp counselor, he previously worked at an after school non-profit where he enrolled Chicago public middle school students in charter, magnet, and boarding schools and planned Global Warming seminars for students. Check out the great work they’re doing to making a difference in DPS on the Go Green Challenge Blog!
Western International High School
Working in collaboration with BuildOn organization, Western International High School Go Green students helped clean up an overgrown Michigan native plant garden at nearby Maybury Elementary. Students were able to serve their community while getting hands-on experience working in a school garden.
“Digging out all of the small trees at my elementary school was REALLY AWESOME! We got some really huge roots out of the ground! I really want to make a positive impact on my community and it was amazing see the transformation of the garden – from start to finish”, explained Juan Guiterrez, a senior at Western HS.
Alongside being involved in community service projects, we are also working on investigating and developing a youth-led project based on students’ interests and needs identified in their neighborhood. At our last meeting, we had an organizer from Soulardarity – a community organization working towards building 200+ solar-powered streetlights in Highland Park – present their ideas and project development, including finding funding, getting community ownership, and discussing the great need for streetlights in their neighborhood.
Neinas Elementary School
Amy Lazarowicz and June Clora, instructors from Neinas Elementary School, are leading their school to RecycleBowl victory! Over the course of four weeks they have collected over 300 pounds of recyclables. The school is a vibrant community, where teachers support one another and are fired up with a fierce competitive spirit. This support has awarded Neinas a BOSCH grant, which provides $1000 for science related activities.
Neinas has completed every project released by DPS Go Green. From these projects, students are very excited to learn about gardening and recycling. Angel, a student, exclaimed: “We know what to recycle. And we love recycling!” Just last Friday, Neinas conducted their own recycle bin competition where every class decorated their bin in competition for the best overall decoration.
“Students have really enjoyed the projects and we really appreciate the support Harrison and Jenna have provided to make this a success!” says Ms. Lazarowicz. Thank You Ms. Lazarowicz and Ms. Clora, because without dedicated teachers such as you, NOTHING would be possible.