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Saint Simon Students Keep it Clean, Keep it Green

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Saint Simon 4th graders Evelyn Blong and Matthew Fry display their “going green” artwork
Saint Simon 4th graders Evelyn Blong and Matthew Fry display their “going green” artwork
Saint Simon 4th graders Evelyn Blong and Matthew Fry display their “going green” artwork

This year marks the 46th year celebrating Earth Day – April 22, and the beginning of the environmental movement. Saint Simon Parish School designated April as a “green month” to honor Pope Francis’ request to “let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment,” with classroom and school-wide activities designed to learn more about conserving and protecting our most valuable natural resources.

Classrooms buzzed with excitement as the month’s activities began. Morning assemblies started with key “eco-facts,” covering hot topics related to water and electricity conservation; recycling and composting; climate change, and more. Student Council designed guessing contests based on each morning’s information, with prizes awarded daily.

A school-wide poster contest encouraged students to create educational content that highlighted important environmental facts, tips on how to be eco-friendly, or clever slogans that illustrated importance of caring for the earth.

The school capped off the month with a classroom and school-wide “bottle war,” contest, an effort to eliminate disposable bottles and replace them with reusable water bottles across campus. Saint Simon looks forward to implementing other events and activities to ensure a healthy planet and clean environment for all.