Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Arts Festival, Earth Day 2014 Adopt a Street Clean-up and and Pennies as Promise

April Service Memories
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Arts Festival Day Chairs

Children Activity Field








Face Painting




 Recycle and Composting the Arts Festival


 Adopt the Street 2014 Clean-up honors Earth Day

Details from Environmental Club Members forthcoming

Breakfast courtesy of Jimmy's Egg



Safety Tips courtesy of Village Fire Fighters 

Teams and where to clean-up

Ready to Serve!

Vests, Gloves, Garbage Bags!!

Britton Road North Side Clean-up Crew

Britton Road south Side Clean-up Crew
A Second of Memory Lane

Casady's Environmental Club
The Casady Environmental Club had an Adopt a Street Clean-up, Saturday, April 26 in honor of Earth Day 2014.  Environmental Club members met at 8:30 at Jimmy's Egg( Breakfast donor) and cleaned up the Environmental Club Adopt a Street Section around Casady assigned to the Club in 2005.  

From National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140421-earth-day-2014-facts-environment-epa/ More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2014—the 44th anniversary of the annual day of action.

Earth Day began in 1970, when 20 million people across the United States—that's one in ten—rallied for increased protection of the environment.

"It was really an eye-opening experience for me," Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, who was a self-described self-centered teenager during the first Earth Day rallies, told National Geographic. (See pictures: "The First Earth Day—Bell-Bottoms and Gas Masks.")

First Earth Day "Took Off Like Gangbusters" The environment's low profile frustrated U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, whose campaigns to protect it during the 1960s had fallen flat.

In 1969 Nelson hit on the idea of an environmental protest modeled after anti-Vietnam War teach-ins.

"It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country," Nelson recounted in an essay shortly before he died in July 2005 at 89. "The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air—and they did so with spectacular exuberance." (Related: "Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space.")

 Earth Day Evolves  Since the first Earth Day, environmentalism has moved from a fringe issue to a mainstream concern, Amy Cassara told National Geographic News in 2010, when she was a senior associate at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.
"As many as 80 percent of Americans describe themselves as environmentalists," Cassara said.
Grassroots Power  People in the modern-day environmental movement, McCarthy noted, should remember the power of the grassroots activism that spurred the first Earth Day in 1970.
"It wasn't so much about demanding national action," she said. "It was about demanding that individuals get engaged, [and] that would then push national action." (See your pictures of Earth.)
From Earth Day Network: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/about/ Earth Day Network launched the Green Cities campaign in the fall of 2013 to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three key elements – buildings, energy, and transportation – the campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.

Most of the world currently relies on outdated electric generation structures that are extremely inefficient and dirty. To help cities become more sustainable, we need to redesign the current system, transition to renewable energy sources, and implement 21st century solutions.  Casady 7th grade Science had conducted an energy audit of the Middle Division.  Results forthcoming.
Buildings account for nearly one third of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Through simple efficiency and design improvements to buildings we can reduce those emissions drastically. To realize that vision, cities need to update ordinances, switch to performance based building codes, and improve financing options. Casady's new constructions are green buildings.

Transportation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, three quarters of which comes directly from road vehicles. To reduce these emissions and the resulting smog, we need to improve standards, increase public transportation options, invest in alternative transportation, and improve city walkability and bikeability.  Casady's Environmental club promotes share a ride initiatives and bikeability to school when possible.  The Environmental Club recycles paper weekly and has an annual street clean-up to celebrate Earth Day.




Sponsored by the Jewish Federation in collaboration with the Respect Diversity Foundation, the sixth grade teacher from Junior-Senior High School in Cairo Ill, Marie Beth Goff of Carbondale, Il, whose students started the  Pennies as Promise project brought to YAC's attention the mission of the project on Friday, 04/26/2014 during B-block.  Pennies as Promise is a class project aiming to collect pennies to name and honor children who were victims of the Holocaust. https://www.facebook.com/PenniesAsPromise/info 

6th grade students from Cairo, Illinois, started the project after Ms. Goff and her students realized " the thin line between saying " I hate you" and acting Upon it."  She taught her students a lesson about the Holocaust and when the students discovered that an estimated 1.5 million Jewish children died, killed by Nazis fueled by hate, the students started to collect 15,000 pennies that represented children killed in the Holocaust.  Eventually, they decided to collect 1.5 million pennies as a way to memorialized each child who lost their life.  Students began sending letters about the project to Jewish houses of worship.   Students received and continue to receive letters with coins, stories, and pictures of those children whose lives were cut short by the Nazis.  Children like Etta Michelson, who was born in Lithuania and killed at age 3 in 1944 and Eva Beern, an 11-year-old who was killed in 1944 at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp.  Students are attaching each penny they receive to a card with information about a child who died in the Holocaust  By honoring the children of the Holocaust and telling their story, the students from Cairo, Illinois hope to raise awareness of what hate can caused and "do something" to end hate. 

Mrs. Goff stated that she encourages her students and teens and children she met in OKC to do their part to combat genocide and other hate-fueled attacks and murders around the world."  (from article written at Daily Oklahoman by Carla Hinton, Saturday, April 26, page 10-A)    Full article at http://newsok.com/teacher-shares-idea-behind-holocaust-project-with-oklahoma-students/article/4568326-students/article/4568326
A collection can was left at the Service-Learning Office at the Wing.  Pennies collected will be turned in to the Jewish Federation at the end of the school year.


The Cairo students were inspired by the challenges in their own community and  the Paper Clip Project.

(From Wikipedia)  The Paper Clips Project, by middle school students from the small southeastern Tennessee town of Whitwell, created a monument for the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany. It started in 1998 as a simple 8th-grade project to study other cultures, and then evolved into one gaining worldwide attention. At last count, over 30 million paper clips had been received. Paper Clips, an award-winning documentary film about the project, was released in 2004 by Miramax Films.[1]