Go Green Challenge News from the Schools Dec 6th, 2019.

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December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”  what do you do with your family in the holidays? With three weeks until winter break, Green Teams continue on their conversations about the changing weather and start deciding what their focus issue for the year will be covering either water, energy, climate, and food security. Check out this week’s stories to learn more about how DPSCD schools are kicking off a green year.

 

 

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Cody learns about Decomposition Students at Cody High School With some help from their Sustainability Coordinator, Amber Gellert, and Green School Coordinators, Makala Conner, and Zoe Dodd students are learning how long diff materials take to decompose. They ran through scenarios of decomposition and what it takes for something to decompose. Cody is home to Hope Park.

 

Clippert Redesigns their block

Students at Clippert Multicultural Honors Magnet School With some help from their Sustainability Coordinator, Tracy Ortiz and Green School Coordinators, Eradajere Oleita and Jayme Ham students were given the challenge of redesigning the block of their school to make it more sustainable. They worked as a group and came up with alternatives for the current space. As a group, the Go Green Challenge at Clippert has been doing incredible work. Clippert is home to two student-built rain gardens.

 

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Mann Makes Recycling boxes and posters

Students at Mann Elementary School With some help from their Sustainability Coordinator, Danita Byrd and Green School Coordinators, Makala Conner and Zoe Dodd students were given the tasks of learning what items were recyclable or not. The students were then asked to make recycling bins for their schools.

 

Go Green Challenge News from the Schools Nov 21th, 2019.

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It looks like the weather is changing AGAIN!

From the looks of it, Fall is making another appearance! Have you weatherized your homes yet? This week, Green Teams continue on their conversations about the changing weather and also about recycling, energy, climate, and food security. Check out this week’s stories to learn more about how DPSCD schools are kicking off a green year.

 

 

Drew Sort and RePurpose!

Students at Charles R. Drew Transition Center With some help from their Sustainability Coordinator, Jay Greenberg, students sorted through items in their school and recycled what they could and worked on repurposing the rest. They sorted plastic tops, markers, and keys. As a group, the Go Green Challenge at Drew has been exceptional and one to be revered. Drew is also home to DPSCD Drew Farms.

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Cody Presents!

Students at Cody High School present to leaders from across the country for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cody is Amber Gellert.

Clippert Learns about Water!

Students at Clippert Multicultural Magnet Honors Academy learn about bottled water with the guidance of their Sustainability Coordinator, Tracy Ortiz, students watched a mini-doc series centered around the Nestle water plant in Michigan. The students of Clippert have been exploring the topic of water security for the last 4 weeks and are moving towards creating their own water system.

Keep up the good work, Green Teams!

Go Green Challenge News from the Schools Nov 15th, 2019.

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Brrr, It is Cold here!

Where did Fall Go? Have you weatherized your school yet? This week, Green Teams Get ready for the changing weather and having conversations about Energy access and Housing Security.

Check out this week’s stories to learn more about how DPSCD schools are kicking off a green year.

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Cody Learns About Climate Change!

Students at Cody High School learned about global warming and how it affects everyone and everything that we currently use in today’s society. With some help from their Sustainability Coordinator, Amber Gellert, students were asked to reteach the lesson with a diagram drawn by their Go Green coordinators. As a group, the Go Green challenge at Cody is on track for a green school year!

CMA Speaks at the Place-Based Education Conference!

Students at Communication and Media Arts high school were invited to the place-based education conference in Flint, Michigan over the weekend. The students presented their climate work in their neighborhood. The students were accompanied by their sustainability coordinator, Marlis Martin, and their green school coordinators. The students also sat only a panel with students from Boggs school, and students from Hawaii regarding climate resilience. They facilitated conversations around climate resources and how accessible they are to students in the ‘hood’.

Go Green Challenge News from the Schools Nov 8th, 2019

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Happy First Snow!

It’s Snowing! Have you weatherized your school yet? This week, Green Teams prepare for the next couple of months and talk about the resources afforded to them in the city of Detroit and help their schools be more sustainable through recycling.

Check out this week’s stories to learn more about how DPSCD schools are kicking off a green year.

Clippert Multicultural Academy Research what is happening in Detroit!

The students of Clippert are given a task to research what is happening in Detroit through the lens of Food justice, Energy efficiency, Water access and safety, Housing crisis, transportation efficiency, and Air quality. After their research, the students are now asked to present their research in hopes of convincing the aliens to solve their topic first. The students with help from sustainability coordinator Sheryl Evans were able to put together enough information to make their point.clippert school 1.jpeg

Clippert Multicultural Academy Research what is happening in Detroit!

The students on the Clippert Green Team work in groups over a 3-week span to research their topics. After their presentations, the students will debrief the process of researching these topics.

Mann Goes Recycling!

As part of the Go Green challenge at Mann Learning Community, the students collect recycling from teachers’ classrooms throughout the school. The recycling program at Mann is led by the sustainability coordinator, Danita Byrd. Together, Mrs. Byrd and the Go Green coordinators hope to make the school and surrounding community more sustainable, starting with recycling!

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Keep Up the good work,  Green Teams!

Go Green Challenge News from the Schools Nov 1st 2019

 

Happy November!

Get ready for pretty colors and hot chocolate! Have you weatherized your school yet! This week, Green Teams build on the idea of community by participating in the Halloween spirit, a few teams will be establishing norms and getting an understanding of the resources we are all afforded.

Check out this week’s stories to learn more about how DPSCD schools are kicking off a green year.

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Cody builds community!

This week, students from Cody started their first green team session. The students started with an opening circle and discussed the years’ plan. The students were also able to come up with the rules and regulations for the class with an activity for class ‘Norma’. The sustainability coordinator for Cody is Amber Gellert.

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Mann envisions a new community

This week, students at Mann Elementary researched and discussed what changes they would like to see in their communities. The purpose of the activity is to have young people envision a world built on their needs. The Sustainability Coordinator at Mann is Ms. Danita Byrd.

Keep up the awesome work, Green Teams!

Happy Fall!!!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 10/25/19

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   HAPPY OCTOBER!

It seems like the month flew past us!

As we get this year started, we want to thank all of you for your participation and support in getting our year going. The teachers’ meetings have come and gone, now it’s time to meet some students! We’re only a few weeks in and our students are already off to an adventurous start.

  “Have a Spooky Halloween!!!”

 

Keep up the awesome work, Green Teams!

Happy Halloween!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 5/10/19

CMA Conducts a Climate Resiliency Assessment in their Neighborhood

Last Friday, the green team students from CMA stayed late after school to conduct a climate resiliency assessment in the surrounding neighborhood. Students split into small groups to get closer looks at the houses, churches, stores, and other buildings in the community to see how they would be affected by the local impacts of climate change. These students are participating in the NOAA Climate Resiliency from the Youth Up program and their green school coordinator is Ms. Martin.

 

Cass Tech Spends a Day on the River

The Green Team from Cass Tech had the opportunity to go on a field trip with the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) and learn hands-on about great lakes ecology this past week! The trip included an on-land exploration into the coastal cattail marsh ecosystem as well as a boat trip to learn about water quality and the aquatic ecosystem of the Detroit river. Highlights from the day included using an underwater camera to examine the river bed, and getting the chance to learn about and touch a live Eastern Fox Snake! The Sustainability Coordinator for Cass Tech is Ms. Cunningham.

The Harms Green Team Promotes Conserving Energy!

Over the last few weeks, the Harms Elementary Green Team has been collecting information about how they use energy in their classroom and the environmental impact of using more than you need. To finish out the energy unit, students came together in small groups to design and create posters that promote lowering energy usage throughout the school. The Sustainability Coordinator at Harms is Ms. Waldron.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 4/12/19

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Maybury Elementary’s Green Team Fills their Plates! 

This week, the Green Team at Maybury Elementary colored plates to represent the main food groups for daily nutrition recommendations. Students will use the plate to guidetheir nutritional choices around vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy. Students will continue to learn about nutrition and gardening for the next few weeks! TheSustainability Coordinator at Maybury is Bruna Guerra-Lawton

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Cody Prepares for a Volunteering Event with University of Michigan Students!
 

The team at Cody High School is gearing up for a volunteer event they’re hosting this Saturday with College students from U of M to work on Hope Park. In this photo, Cody students can be seen standing on top of the playing mounds they built that will be planted with grass during the event. All of this work is being done to prep for the busy summer ahead of the team. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cody is Ms. Chelsea Owens.

Keep up the great work, Green Teams!
Make sure to check out previous newsletters on our blog!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/28/19

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Cooke Gets Ready to Sprout in the Spring!
This week, the Green Team at Cooke STEM academy began their process to grow radishes in the classroom. Here the students are spraying hydrogen peroxide into a paper towel to prepare the seeds for sprouting. This is part of the Gardens, Food, and Nutrition unit and we’re looking forward to seeing the radish harvest at the end of the Spring! The Sustainability Coordinator at Cooke is Ms. Angela Perrini.

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Drew Students Immerse Themselves in Upcycling Projects
The Green Team at Drew Transitional Center has gone above and beyond with their efforts to keep as much waste as possible out of the landfills. ‘d like to profile the “cart” of breakfast containers, juice containers, etc. that one group washes/cleans so we can add that to our recycling pile and these items don’t end up in a landfill. This project was taken on by Melzitta Davis’s students in room 19 are integral to this project, as the students wash all of the breakfast containers, juice containers, and much more so there are materials ready to recycle and upcycle. Additionally, you can see the “mat” for the homeless that we are weaving out of “plarn” as well. The others show a variety of uses with plarn, the “morning” breakfast bags can’t be recycled, so students are cutting them, making mosaics, creating colorful containers to give to staff, and much more! Our goal is to make a “wall” of posters with the all of the individual mosaics to display. The Sustainability Coordinator at Drew is Mr. Jay Greenberg.
*NOTE: Drew is still running a Crayola marker recycling program! Please notify your Green School Coordinator if you’d like to participate in this awesome effort!*
 
 
Davidson Students Research Lead and Its Impact on the Human Body

Students at Davidson Elementary learned about the effects lead has on children. The Green Team is currently working through the water unit and their research will be important for their understanding of how water sources become contaminated. The Sustainability Coordinator at Davidson is Ms. Maclin.

 

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Hutchinson Green Team 

Students Of Hutchinson Middle School are creating their own PSA’s to express the importance of renewable energy and recycling! Here, the students are creating posters and looking for sound effects and music to put together a full campaign on how to make their school and community greener. The Sustainability Coordinator at Hutchinson is Ms. Johnson.