St. Agnes hosts ‘Green Apple Day of Service’

Students of St. Agnes School labeled newly-planted trees and shrubs along Newburg Road. (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

St. Agnes School, 1800 Newburg Road, hosted a “Green Apple Day of Service” Oct. 28. St. Agnes was named a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School earlier this year.

The day of service was meant to further green awareness and education; reduce the school’s carbon footprint for the day; and engage students with service projects related to green initiatives.

Students led a prayer service to dedicate new trees and plants planted along Newburg Road. Following the service, the student body rotated among eight stations in multi-age “families” made up of children in kindergarten through eighth-grade. The eight stations were: health and wellness; energy carnival; container labeling; recycle/compost; wetlands; service; safety; and fitness.

Students were also asked to walk, bike or carpool with neighbors or ride the bus to and from school. Lunch was served cold. Students who brought their lunch from home were encouraged to use reusable containers. Faculty, staff and students limited their energy and technology usage throughout the day.

The Green Apple Day of Service, a national program sponsored by The Center for Green Schools, “seeks to unite communities to transform schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments,” a news release from the school said.

Firefighters from the Camp Taylor Station gave students a lesson in fire safety.
Students planted plants in pots they painted, then distributed them to residents at Nazareth Home.
Students and teachers prayed during the prayer and garden dedication service.


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