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.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge Tier 3 Summit

The DPSCD Go Green Challenge Tier 3 Summit was held on Tuesday, March 13th at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern High School. Ten DPSCD Green Teams from across the District attended the event where they prototyped their Tier 3 Project ideas, received feedback on their plans from other teams, and had a chance to network with their peers. Photos from the event are below. Thanks to all who made this event possible!

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 3/2/18


East English Village Preparatory Academy is Serious About Sustainability and Our Green Patrols!
Our Go Green team covered the whole campus, speaking to teachers, counselors, administrators, custodians, kitchen workers and other staff members expressing the importance of powering down for the holidays.They passed out fliers to a willing staff, that described the importance of turning off or unplugging computers, printers, microwave ovens, lights and other technology. They explained how much energy we could save by banding together as an entire campus with the same goal in mind.  We also included our the teacher of the year, Sergeant Rosario who joined in on the fun!

Thank you to EEVPA Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Kimberly Stevenson for your submission!


Sampson Turns Trash into Art
Students at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy, noticing a lot of misplaced recyclables around their school, chose to up-cycle it into art. Above, students paint the inside of water bottles that will become part of a sculpture. The Tier 3 capstone project, called “Beautify Sampson” combines students’ awesome recycling record with their creative talents. The Green Team is led by Sustainability Coordinator Ms. Clay.


“Supreme Green” Pledges Sustainability
The Green Team at Neinas Elementary, nicknamed “Supreme Green” takes a Pledge of Sustainability with Americorps Green School Coordinator Erada Oleita. After pledging to work diligently and sustainable to help their community, students earned a button with their class logo on it. Mrs. Lazarowicz serves as the Sustainability Coordinator at Neinas.


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


Where Watts Count 
 The Green Team at Burton International Academy plans an Energy unit project with AmeriCorps Green Schools coordinator Tyeisha Hodges to reduce energy use at school. Students surveyed classrooms’ Watt usage, and are using the outcomes as key metrics to decide on an Energy unit project. The Sustainability Coordinator at Burton is Ms. Kings.

Collaboration & Conservation at Clemente
 Students at Roberto Clemente collaborate on posters encouraging energy savings around school. The students decided that making posters, writing a pledge and holding an assembly for students would be the center of their energy conservation project.  The Sustainability Coordinator at Roberto Clemente is Ms. Argy.

DPSCD Go Green Challenge News from the Schools: 1/26/18


Planting a Partnership

BuildOn students and Green Team students re-potted plants they’ve been growing at Osborn High School. Sustainability Coordinator Mrs. Smith has worked with both BuildOn and Green Schools Coordinators to keep it full of lively plants like broccoli, spinach and marigold!

Lessons from the Garden


Before the Winter Break, Ms. Powell’s 5th grade Green Team at Carstens winterized the garden and learn about perennial plants – and found lots of wormy friends in the process!

Women of DIA Take Walkabout

Ms. Valentine’s class took an observational tour of the inside of the Detroit International Academy for Young Women, where Green Team members took notes about things they noticed and could improve. The group took walks not only outdoors, but indoors as well to properly capture their environment.