Presentation to be delivered at Primary Source workshop on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Activity: Ask participants to list the "Top Few" environmental abuses at their schools.
About 70% of HHS teachers participated in the first-ever "Teach-In" in 2008. More than 90% participated in the second one. We reached 100% in the third "Teach-In" (November 15, 2010) and topped 90% in 2011.
More on the various ways that teachers participated in the "Teach-In." Pictured: Latin teacher Doug Ryan presenting on environmental problems that confronted the Ancient Romans; Spanish teacher Karen Shaw discussing the "Green Movement" in Spain; and chemistry teacher Jan Whitney explaining the carbon cycle.
Description of non-traditional "Teach-In" activities such as his "Fishing Expedition" lesson that was featured in a Patriot Ledger story. Discussion re: the role of the local press in promoting Green Committee efforts.
Rick: Dana Crosby's "Environmental Science Fair" was a highlight of this year's "Teach-In," as it was entirely student-generated and drew hundreds of students to the LMC.
Comments re: the need for administrative support in making the "Teach-In" effective and giving a "sense of grandness" to the event. Examples: extending the homeroom period to run trailers for environmental films and allowing the films to be shown in study halls.
Local newspapers, including not just the Hingham Journal and Hingham Patch but also the Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe, have taken an interest in Green Committee endeavors. The link here shows coverage of the most recent recycling contest.
Sneaker drive sponsored by the Student Council's Green Committee. Describe the challenge to DHS in 2010 when HHS collected more than 700 pairs of sneakers and shoes; and the 2012 drive vs. Silver Lake that generated almost as many.
Rick: HHS joined the first Jordan's Furniture contest in 2011.
HHS won the first "Play Ball Campaign" in 2011. Prizes included tickets to a Red Sox game, participation in an on-field ceremony, a $2500 gift certificate to Jordan's Furniture and a school visit from Wally.
The Green Committee printed about 80 T-shirts. The front contains the new logo and the back lists our "Top 10 Ways to Go Green." The main purpose of the T-shirt promotion was to encourage students to commit "Random Acts of Greenness" around the school. We kicked it off with a "Friday Show" segment produced by a student. The students pictured here (Ashley Rossi and Melissa Donahue) were "caught" using Nalgene bottles in history class.
The students pictured here were "caught" riding their bikes to school.
The T-shirts also allowed us to honor people who have contributed to our recycling efforts. Custodians like Fran Quill and Bill Clark deserved a special thank-you for their work.
Annual Green Week culminates with Earth Hour.
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