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!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/16/18

Captain AmeriCorps to the Rescue!

In the spirit of AmeriCorps week, students from Cody DIT served up a smile and Get Well Soon card to one of their coordinators whose computer crashed this week. The team, led by Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Borachi, took a break from Hope Park work to cheer her up. Captain AmeriCorps even made a surprise appearance!


Cass Tech Creates Eco-Carepackages
The all-girls Green Team from Cass Tech presented their project that aims to help those experiencing homeless at the Tier 3 Summit this Tuesday. The team, under supervision from Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Cunningham, made a prototype of a care kit that included a sustainable toothbrush, environmentally-friendly soap and re-usable utensils.

Davison Preps for Energy Fair

Students at Davison work on Energy Bingo sheets for their upcoming Energy Fair. The Fair will feature games,information, and activities about what the students have been learning on Green Team. The Sustainability Coordinator at Davison is Ms. Wilson.