Sullivan Elementary sixth graders deliver Earth Day messages


Photo Gallery | Sullivan Elementary students deliver Earth Day posters

NORTH ADAMS -- Visitors to local businesses this week are learning how to "go green" thanks to a group of Sullivan Elementary School students.

The 26 students in teacher Jim Holmes' sixth-grade class completed a service learning project this week that aims to raise awareness of Earth Day, which is Tuesday.

In the classrooom, students have been learning about the history of Earth Day and the importance of environmental protection, Holmes said.

Students took a field trip on Wednesday to City Hall, where they met with Mayor Richard J. Alcombright to share their newly acquired knowledge.

"It's a day where we know that you got to do better at helping the Earth," Will Schrade told the mayor.

Sean Souscie said Earth Day reminds him of the importance of protecting the environment.

"By the time we figure out how to get another one, then our world would be destroyed," Sean said.

Students also told Alcombright about ways to reduce his "carbon footprint," a measure of how much carbon daily activities release into the atmosphere. The footprint increases with the amount of carbon produced.

Holmes said each student was required to fill in a carbon footprint worksheet to calculate their impact on a point system -- eating mostly fast food gives you more than 4,000 points, while eating mostly home-cooked meals gives you just 600. Carbon-neutral activities, such as walking to school or work, has no impact on your score.

Students presented Alcom-
bright with a worksheet of his own and encouraged him to tally his own environmental impact.

Students broke into two groups to distribute handmade signs touting upcoming Earth Day, featuring slogans such as "Earth Day is every day," and "go green or go home," and reminding patrons to turn off lights when they leave a room and to recycle.

Posters have been hung in windows on storefronts on Main, Eagle, Holden, and Ashland streets.

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