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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!