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Wheeler School Green Team Attends "One Thing" Expo

The Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School "Green Team" comprised of 28 fourth and fifth grade students, recently attended the One Thing Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center sponsored by Governor M. Jodi Rell.

The One Thing Expo, part of Governor Rell's One Thing Campaign, is designed to highlight the variety of ways young people can make a difference in caring for the planet. The expo helped Wheeler students consider the "One Thing" they will do to save energy and protect the environment, and explore ways to communicate the "One Thing" message going forward.

As part of the expo, Wheeler's Green Team, led by 5th grade teacher and advisor Jen Murrihy, viewed a performance by the "Fossil Fuels" and participated in a variety of workshops and activities such as creating a sundial, learning about clean energy, calculating carbon footprints, and examining ways that small changes at Wheeler and in Plainville, can add up and make a big impact on the environment overall. Fifth grade green team member Judy Chen said, "The coolest thing I learned was that recycling one can of coca cola can save enough energy to power your television for three hours." Fellow fifth grade team member Jonathan Lindgren noted, "We want to go clean up around the school, and especially in our neighborhood, like Paderewski Park." Students also had the opportunity to meet Governor Rell. Wheeler fifth grader Emily Bienasz told the Governor that the Green Team would use what they learned to help make changes in Plainville and at Wheeler Elementary School, because, "Wheeler is the best!"

"Participation in this initiative helps to "green up" Wheeler School this year, while connecting with problem solving, science, and math standards," explained Murrihy. "In a nutshell, it was a wonderful afternoon and the students, chaperones, and I learned quite a bit about some great ideas for small changes to make a big impact on our environment. I am proud of their commitment to honor the Earth."

Students were also inspired by meeting vendors in various "green" industries and look forward to doing further research on biodiesel fuel and solar panels. Goals for Wheeler's Green Team this year include ensuring that they have resources to recycle paper in every classroom, and organizing an Environmental Fair for the spring.

"The students' energy and creativity is contagious because protecting the environment is critical for the future. It will be exciting to see their ideas implemented at Wheeler," said Wheeler School Principal Cathy Frayler.

-Posted on October 23, 2008 at 02:04 PM


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