We, at Kingfisher, take seriously our responsibility to the environment and we spend time daily talking to the kids a little bit about ways we can live “lightly” on the earth.
- We ask parents to send re-useable containers in the children’s lunchboxes to eliminate lunch trash.
- We remind the kids to sort any garbage generated into paper, plastic and aluminum containers, and glass. All of our recyclables are delivered to the DeKalb Farmer’s Market every other week.
- We don’t allow plastic water bottles, but encourage the kids to bring permanent re-useable water bottles.
- We join with planting projects all over the county—tree planting is popular right now and we’ve planted trees with Trees Atlanta over in Grant Park.
- We also talk about water usage and we encourage the kids to be careful not to leave a faucet running and to wash hands efficiently so water isn’t wasted.
- We also walk a lot around the community. When we can avoid using the bus on very short trips, we are encouraging the kids to take up a healthy walking habit as well as putting out less carbon from the bus.
- We have adopted some of the trees planted around our building and we water when it is dry or hot.
- We spend some time in nature every day—watching birds or butterflies or surveying the ponds for ducks and/or geese. Almost no child graduates from Kingfisher without knowing 10 or 15 birds by sight and this year, we’re aiming for tree identification as well.
- We’ve studied small environmental disasters that have happened in the U.S. and we’ve generated some artwork associated with those disasters—for example, dirt paintings based on the dust bowl disaster that struck American farming states in the 1930’s—this is a period of history that we’ll be studying this year.
- We’re helping the the pollinator garden at Cofer that wasn’t planted by the Tucker Beta Club.
- We take trips with an environmental emphasis—to the sorting station for DeKalb County Sanitation, to the water treatment center, to the Treehouse at Trees Atlanta, to various paint stores to find out about oil recycling and paint recycling.
- We are beginning a food waste project that will go throughout 2017-18 school year—composting our food leftovers and figuring out where these food leftovers might be useful—maybe there’s a flock of chickens close by that might love our food scraps. Also, setting up some worm tubes and feeding them with food leftovers is part of this project.
- Last, as part of our writing processes, we are writing letters to the government to make suggestions for improvements. We stand for a clean community environment and we want to let the local and state governments know this.