DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 11/16/1



Congratulations Deatrianna!
Recently Deatrianna Hawkins of Cody High School received the Youth Spirit of Community Award at the Annual Detroit Community Development Awards Ceremony for all of the great work she’s done with the Hope Park team. She has an amazing ability to bring people together and we’re so excited to see all of the great things she’ll continue to do. The Green Team at Cody High School has consistently gone above and beyond to create a neighborhood green space for their community and Deatrianna has been an integral part of that.
CMA news from schools

CMA Students Create Posters Showing Their Pride for the City

Students at the Communications and Media Arts High School recently posted art around their school that displayed their respect for Detroit and desire to keep it clean. The Sustainability Coordinator at CMA is Marlis Martin.


Golightly Students Start a Classroom Recycling Program

The Green Team at Golightly Elementary and Middle School recently decorated recycling bins in their classroom so they can reduce the amount of waste they send to the incinerator across the street. The kindergartners spent the afternoon making labels for the bins so they can properly sort the items and practice avoiding recycling contamination. The Green Team coordinator at Golightly is Dana Thomas.


DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 11/9/18


Pulaski Third Graders Race to Recycle
The Green Team at Pulaski (a.k.a the Super Green Money Squad Helpers) learned about sorting recycling this week by working together in a relay race. Students were given a variety of objects and asked to decide if they were recyclable, reusable, or landfill waste. This was followed by a short conversation on recycling contamination and how to avoid it. The Sustainability Coordinator at Pulaski is Courtney Valentine. 
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Davison Students Present their Plans to Make Societal Change
The Green Team at Davison Middle School participated in an activity allowing them to use their voices as a platform to talk about social issues. Students were asked to act as if they had the power to change any part of society, and then were given 3-5 minutes to explain how they would go about changing the problem they identified. This activity lead up to productive discussions on recycling as they geared up to start a recycling program at the school. The Sustainability Coordinator at Davison is Georgette Johnson.
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Students at Mann Discuss Water Access in Detroit
Fifth grader Kamari Burns leads his classmates in a discussion about local water justice at Mann Elementary. The Sustainability Coordinator at Mann is Danita Byrd.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 11/2/18


The Hope Park Team from Cody Celebrates Halloween!

Students from Cody High School organized a Halloween event for the surrounding neighborhood to celebrate the spookiest night of the year! The event featured lots of candy, photos, face painting, and checking out all of the progress the Hope Park team has made! 

Osborn Cabbage
Osborn Students Enjoy an After School Snack
The Green Team at Osborn High School spent time in their school garden this past Tuesday cleaning the beds up to get ready for the winter. Students ended up harvesting broccoli, mustard greens, kale, and cabbage! The cabbage was definitely a crowd favorite. 
The Sustainability Coordinator at Osborn is Sam Shields.

Keep up the great work, Green Teams!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools 10/26/18

Renaissance Brainstorms Necessities for Survival

The Green Team at Renaissance High school has spent the last two weeks exploring what they need to survive, and the accessibility and quality of those things in the context of Detroit. In this photo students are seen filling out a poster aligning problems of accessibility to specific resources needed for survival. Renaissance is participating in the NOAA climate resilience grant project this year and their sustainability coordinator is Kerry Williams.


Golightly Kindergartners Draw their Perfect Neighborhood 

Golightly’s Green Team is incredibly excited to start learning about what it means to be a healthy and sustainable community! Students will continue to learn about what “green” means to them before taking a dive into recycling efforts at the school. The Sustainability Coordinator at Golightly is Dana Thomas. 

Keep up the great work, Green Teams!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 05/25/18


Carver Garden Ready to Bloom

Santiago from Carver STEM photobombs his fellow Green Teammates as they clean up raised beds in their garden. Next week, they’ll finish prepping the beds and pick up transplants! The Sustainability Coordinator at Carver is Ms. Chudy. 


Cass Knits Community
Over the past few weeks, Green Team members from Cass Technical High School have been making Plarn! Plarn is “yarn” made from plastic grocery bags; the team will knit Plarn totebags to use for hygiene kits for those experiencing homelessness. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cass is Ms. Cunningham. 

Clippert Reflects on A Year of Green Team  
At the close of a year full of Green Team activities, students from Clippert took the hour to reflect on their accomplishments. They were challenged to arrange strips with Green Team milestones in correct chronological order, and discussed how some events influenced future plans. The Sustainability Coordinator at Clippert is Ms. Ortiz. 

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 5/18/18

King Takes Advantage of Rains

The John R. King Go Green Team decided to plant after the heavy rains this week. They planted broccoli, cabbage, kale, and lettuce. First, they weeded and raked, then put fresh compost on each of the garden beds. The Sustainability Coordinator at King is Charlie Smith. 


Carstens Advances Aquaponics
This week, the Green Team from Carstens and their Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Powell installed and seeded their aquaponics project. Students are now using the system to grow strawberries! 

Murals Blossom at Beautify Sampson  
The “Beautify Sampson” project is in full swing! The Green Team’s Tier 3 project to bring color to their school with murals and recycled art features Detroit artists and student muralists. The Sustainability Coordinator at Sampson is Ms. Clay. 
You can also follow the project’s progress on Instagram: @beautifyingsampson

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 5/10/18

Transplants Take Root at Harms

Students from the Harms Green Team take caution to reduce stress on transplants as they re-plant them in their garden space. The Sustainability Coordinator at Harms is Ms.Waldron.   


Roberto Clemente Welcomes We are the Forest  
This week, the Green Team from Roberto Clemente and their Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Argy hosted special visitor Nate Ayers from We are the Forest. Nate talked with the class about biomimicry, green infrastructure, and examples of them right in Detroit! 

Emerson Preps Garden  
As part of the Gardening unit, the Green Team from Emerson spent their time together removing weeds from their garden beds to prepare it for new Spring plants! The Sustainability Coordinator at Emerson is Mr. Eze. 

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 4/27/18

Hope Park Drives First Stake

Last Saturday, the Green Team from DIT @ Cody High School hosted a volunteer day to kick off the development of Hope Park. The day consisted of a clean-up, sinking the first posts, and installing the park’s sign. In addition to Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Borachi, students are working with many adult community partners. 


DCP Powers Down 
On Friday, Detroit Collegiate Prep @ Northwestern HS held a student-led power down for a full hour to finish out Earth Week. All electricity was shut down and students gathered outside to start seeds in planters and enjoy the weather! The Sustainability Coordinator at DCP in Mr. Jennings.  

FDA Debuts Green Courtyard  
The Green Crusaders at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men hosted a Courtyard Open House last Friday as the pinnacle of their Tier 3 project. The team, led by Sustainability Coordinator Mr. Segrist, had spent most of the year planning out and implementing the greening of the courtyard space, and used the afternoon to showcase it. The event featured smoothies, Trash-ket-ball, a cleanup, and soil filtration demonstrations.  

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 4/13/18

Sampson Puts on Bottle “Upcycling” Drive

The Green Team at Sampson, who is building a sculpture from recycled materials, hosted a contest to collect plastic bottles, which will be the main medium. Posters like the one above were hung around the school to encourage students to bring bottles they had from home. The Sustainability Coordinator at Sampson is Ms. Clay. 


Hope Park Hears Wisdom 
Students from Cody DIT, who are in the midst of their Hope Park development project, ventured to the University of Michigan this week to attend a conversation with Mama Shu of Avalon Village. Mama Shu shared with students her own story of re-envisioning vacant lots in her neighborhood, and imparted wisdom and encouragement for their project.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/29/18

Clippert Gets Collaborative

The Clippert Gucci Green Smurfs spent a morning this week doing a collaborative planning activity to hammer out the logistics of their rainwater-testing project. The team, led by Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Ortiz, used the findings of the activity to articulate how they would use Green Team funds to make an impact on plant health in their gardens. 

Pitches & Permission for Mann Clothing Swap
Eternity, a 4th grader from Mann Elementary, explains the Green Team’s Clothes Swap project to their principal, Ms. Tait, in order to get permission to hold the event. The Green Team also said goodbye to Destiny, an integral member of the team, whose last day at Mann is today. The Sustainability Coordinator at Mann is Ms. Byrd. 

Hope Park Begins to Blossom

This week the Cody DIT Green Team had their second workshop with the Detroit contracting firm AGI. The team is collaborating with AGI to develop the design of Hope Park, a community space the group is focusing on for their Tier 3 project. Here, students and adult leaders can be seen examining urban planning maps as one of the stations at a workshop to learn about project stakeholders. 
Keep up the great work, Green Teams!