Monday, August 20, 2012

The TDSB Calls It "Exploring Eco-Themes." I Call It Cheap Labour

This one made me giggle:
Students participate in a schoolyard cleanup
This summer, grade 1 and 2 students from the Model Schools for Inner Cities summer school program at Lord Dufferin PS participated in a schoolyard cleanup. Students in the program spent the summer learning about environmental stewardship. They read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and discussed their roles and responsibilities as change agents who care for our Earth.
Students explored ecological themes through the Arts and used what they learned in the program to create posters that informed and educated their local school community about environmental issues.
The students also reflected on their schoolyard cleanup and created a piece of shared writing:
First, we put on gloves. Gloves protected our hands from germs.
Next, we looked for garbage.
Then, we picked up garbage. The garbage was picked up by kids and the broken glass was picked up by adults.
After, we put it in a garbage bag.
Finally, our yard got cleaner and safer!
And, heaven knows, it's a whole lot less expensive than getting its regular unionized maintenance crew (which is motivated not by The Lorax but by the extortionate rates it charges the school board) to do the job.

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