DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/22/19

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The King Green Team Spreads the Word about Recycling!
This week at Parent Teacher conferences, the team at King High School set up a table to sign families up to join a recycling program! They managed to help fourteen families sign up and continue to work on bettering their school and community! The Sustainability Coordinator at King High School is Ms. Jennifer Boyle.
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Students from Renaissance Take on the Great Outdoors
The Green Team students from Renaissance joined the AP Biology class this past weekend to participate in a field ecology retreat experience at the Wildwood Ranch camp. The students learned how to identify a number of native tree species, sampled and calculated soil and water quality, and the Green Team lead a session to teach the AP biology class about the connections between the carbon cycle, the greenhouse effect, and impacts of climate change. The Sustainability Coordinator at Renaissance is Ms. Kerry Williams.
The Clark Green Team Creates a Water PSA

This week, the Green Team at J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy created posters to raise awareness on the amount of water they use at their school and at home. These students are on a Tier One team and have spent the last few months taking a deep dive into issues on water consumption and our water culture here in Michigan. Here, the students are showing off their creations before they get hung around the school. Thee Sustainability Coordinator at Clark is Ms. Susan Morandy.

DPSCD News from the Schools: 3/8/19

Thanks for a Successful Tier 3 Summit!
This Wednesday, the Tier 3 Green Teams came together at The Detroit School of Arts to prototype and fine tune the projects they’ve been working on this year. Students from eleven schools spent the day building models, sharing ideas, and heard from a panel of experts for updates with the DPSCD drinking water. Thank you to all of the students and Sustainability Coordinators that made this awesome day possible!
The Green Team at Munger Starts a Recycling Campaign 
The students at Munger Middle School are kickstarting a campaign to encourage recycling in their school for the betterment of the community and the world. The team worked hard and created posters as an outreach tool to educate their peers on the importance of recycling and the proper way to do it. The Sustainability Coordinator at Munger is Ms. Shangaleza Robinson.
Golightly Students Compete to Prove their Energy Expertise

This week, the Green Team at Golightly split into two teams to test their knowledge on renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy. Students were given clues on different sources and scored points if they were the first person to identify the correct answer! The kindergartners will continue learning about energy over the next couple of weeks while they begin brainstorming ways to save energy at school and in their homes. The Sustainability Coordinator at Golightly is Ms. Dana Thomas.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/1/19

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John R. King Students Celebrate Black Excellence
This week the Green Team at John R. King wrapped up Black History Month with a visit from DaChana Blaydes to speak about possible career paths and challenge the students to stay motivated to reach their goals. DaChana is a published writer, mentor, banking specialist, and an award winning speaker. This visit was part of a program called 28 Days of Black Excellence where local Detroit entrepreneurs visited classrooms throughout DPSCD. The Sustainability Coordinator at John R. King is Mrs. Brown.
FLICS Students Evaluate their Tier 3 Project Options
The Green Team at the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School spent their meeting time narrowing down project ideas using a criteria based decision making chart. After scoring took place, the process identified that focusing on recycling and school cleanliness will be the best way to address the issues they see in the halls and classrooms. Next, the team is working on administering surveys to their peers to see how their project can best serve them! The Sustainability Coordinator at FLICS is Ms. Leanne Peebles.
The Hope Park Team Learns about the Detroit Windmill Project

Students at Cody in the Hope Park team are developing a partnership and plans with Carlos Nielbock, creator of the Detroit Windmill project, so build and install a wind turbine made from recycled materials at Hope Park, a space reclamation project students have been working across the street from Cody for the last three years. In this photo students and their coordinator are seen with a previous coordinator of the Go Green program, Shannon Haupt, who is now working with Carlos on the windmill program. The team attended a community workshop session this week at Eastern Market where they got to see one of the windmills up close, learn more about Carlos and his work, and provide feedback and ideas for how a windmill would be used in their park to support the community.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 2/15/19


The Schulze Green Team Dives into Energy Research
This week the 6th graders from Schulze Elementary-Middle compared their research notes on clean energy and climate change. The students are currently on their energy unit and are working to gain a better understanding of energy sources and their effect on the world around us. The Sustainability Coordinator at Schulze is Ms. Kim Bonk.
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The Charles R. Drew Transitional Center 
Students at the Drew Transitional Center made their way around the school to conduct a recycling patrol.  The Green Team here services the entire school every Friday morning and has collected hundreds of pounds of recyclable materials over the year. The Sustainability Coordinator at Drew is Jay Greenberg.
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Cass Tech Takes a Trip to Ann Arbor 

The students of Cass Tech went on a field trip to U of M’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to learn about career pathways within sustainability and speak with researchers and scientists working on a range of topics from environmental justice to climatology. The Sustainability Coordinator is Ms. Jane Cunningham.

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John R. King takes a Community Inventory
This week the students at John R. King completed their community walkabout. On their walk, the students noticed a build up of trash in front of the school and they’re looking forward to starting a project to clean up their school grounds and create a more positive environment for all of the other students. The Sustainability Coordinator at John R. King is Ms. Brown.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 2/8/19

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The Pulaski Green Team Mines for Chocolate Chip Coal

The Green Team members at Pulaski were excited to explore the difference between renewable energy sources and non-renewable energy sources by “mining for coal” using chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks! Afterwards, students discussed how mining for coal affects the land and the habitats that exist there. The Sustainability Coordinator at Pulaski is Ms. Valentine. 

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Maybury Students ‘Power Up’ Using Unexpected Materials

This week at Maybury Elementary School the green team used a lemon to create a battery so students can learn about electrochemical energy. In the energy unit, green teams are working on gaining a better understanding on alternative sources of energy. This lesson was a way to show how we can find and use energy in surprising places! The Sustainability Coordinator at Maybury Elementary School is Ms. Guerra-Lawton.

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Cooke STEM Academy Students Create Their Own Wind Turbines

This week at Cooke Stem Academy the green team made wind turbines to learn about renewable sources of energy. Students used note cards and cotton swabs to create mini windmills that demonstrated how wind energy is caught and then converted into usable energy. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cooke is Ms. Perrini. 

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 1/25/19


Drew Transition Center Students Lead the Way to Turn Markers into Energy
The Green Team at Charles H. Drew Transition center are collecting markers for Crayola’s ColorCycle recycling program! The markers are diverted from landfills and used to create diesel and other fuels in addition to wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. If you would like to recycle your own used markers, let your coordinator know and they’ll take them off your hands! The Sustainability Coordinator at Drew is Jay Greenberg.


The “Green Get Money” Team Powers into the New Energy Unit
The Green Team at Golightly started their energy unit last week and spent the day exploring the ways we come in contact with different energy sources everyday. Here, students are comparing the differences in how flashlights and string lights are powered. The Sustainability Coordinator at Golightly is Dana Thomas.


The Youth Energy Squad Celebrates MLK Day with Detroit Youth

This Monday, we joined great artists, vendors, and organizations from all over Detroit at the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The Green School Coordinators spent the day painting faces, leading games of Jeopardy, crafting, and sharing dreams with community members.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 1/11/19

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Hutchinson Students Create a Neighborhood of Eco-Friendly Gingerbread Homes
Right before winter break, the Green Team at Hutchinson practiced designing energy efficient buildings by constructing ‘Efficient Gingerbread Houses.’ The students have been learning about energy sources and the impacts of climate change, so many opted to power their homes using solar, wind, or hydropower instead of gas or coal. The Sustainability Coordinator at Hutchinson is Ms. Penelope Johnson.

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The West Side Academy Starts their Hydroponic Journey
The Green Team at the West Side Academy of Information, Technology, and Cyber Security has been working on getting a hydroponic system started. Students will grow an indoor garden to demonstrate alternative ways to produce veggies as opposed to relying on traditional farming methods. The Sustainability Coordinator at West Side is Arzell Jones.
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Cass Tech High School Students Explore the Science Behind Climate Change
In the team’s last meeting groups designed activities that could be used to teach others about the greenhouse effect and how it works. A student in this photo is describing to the class how their activity works to his peers. Cass Tech is participating in the NOAA Climate Change Resilience Grant program and the Sustainability Coordinator is Jane Cunningham.
Keep up the great work, Green Teams!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 12/21/18

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The Green Team at Renaissance Celebrates Two Birthdays!
This week, students at Renaissance celebrated the birthdays of two team members. This Green Team is participating in a Climate Change  Resilience program funded by a NOAA grant and has been spending the year talking about how communities in Detroit can prepare themselves and better understand our changing Earth. The Sustainability Coordinator at Renaissance High School is Kerry Williams.
Pulaski Third Graders Create their Own ‘Friends of the Earth’
The Green Team at Pulaski Elementary School were visited by Arts & Scraps to learn how to use recycled materials and get some awesome results! Many of the students created penguins  and all of them visited the ‘Scrapmobile’ to pick out a full bag of materials to bring home so they can keep creating. The Sustainability Coordinator at Pulaski is Courtney Valentine.
Students at Cooke Elementary Spread the Word about Recycling
The Green Team at Cooke Elementary is taking the initiative to start a school-wide recycling program. Students created posters to place around the school and remind their schoolmates what can and can not be recycled. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cooke is Angela Perrini.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 12/14/18

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John R. King Students Craft their own Ecosystem
The Green Team at John R. King used recycled materials from Arts & Scraps to make a model of the food chain. Students crafted lots of different kinds of fish and worked together to piece together an ecosystem. The sustainability coordinator at John R. King is Charlie Daniels.
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Mann Elementary Students Check Out their Community
The Green Team at Mann Elementary went on a walkabout around their school to evaluate their schools place in its community. Students are encouraged to analyze their community’s strengths and weaknesses as they consider what local issue that they want to address in their project. Danita Byrd is the Sustainability Coordinator at Mann.

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CMA Students Learn about Human Behavior and the Changing Planet
The green team at the Communication and Media Arts HighSchool are learning about the earth systems and human behaviors that drive climate change, as well as what types of impacts Detroiters will experience due to climate change. In this photo students are doing an activity where they physically represent green house gasses in the atmosphere as well as energy from the sun reflecting off the earth and back into space. This visually showed how much when more energy is trapped as more gasses are added. The Sustainability Coordinator at CMA is Marlis Martin.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 12/7/18

Keidan’s “Green Warriors” Meet Bee Green
Keidan Special Education Center received a visit from Bee Green this Wednesday to talk about the three R’s and how they can recycle in their everyday life! Bee Green visits from Green Living Science and has been making their rounds through DPSCD to promote recycling initiatives in all of the schools. Keidan’s green team is participating in the Recycle Bowl and has been doing a great job with getting the school on board! The Sustainability Coordinators at Keidan are Lori Cools and Tanya Thomann.
The Hope Park Team Makes Plans for a Water Catchment System
The Hope Park Team at Cody High School is already planning ahead for the warmer months when they can start building out in the park again. This is a sketch for a pavilion they’re planning on building that will include a rain barrel to water their bioswale and maybe even solar panels for students to charge their phones! The Sustainability Coordinator at Cody is Chelsea Owens.