Let’s Save the World Together! The Lamplighter Green Team hosted an assembly for all students to introduce several new “green” initiatives for the 2018-2019 school year. Lamplighter’s Green Team is comprised of 15 faculty and staff members, and one fourth grade student, who volunteer to serve because they care about our environment and our planet. The Team’s mission is to raise awareness of our present consumption, educate our community about the growing environmental challenges facing our Earth, and inspire all members to take action to reduce our collective and individual carbon footprints.
During the fall assembly, the Green Team gathered students in a Hootenanny format in the Klyde Warren Auditorium to educate and inspire students, faculty, and staff about ways we can all make a difference in protecting our planet. The assembly kicked off with an exciting announcement about the School’s weekly Friday Lunch program. The Lamplighter Parents’ Association (LPA) sponsored fundraising program offers pizza to all students every Friday throughout the school year. The Green Team announced that all leftover pizza will be donated each week to Genesis Women’s Shelter, an organization providing safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
Next, each grade level shared information about the various green projects that will be implemented throughout the school year. Pre-K students introduced Crayola ColorCycle, a program to recycle all dried out markers, while Kindergarteners announced a canned food drive with the North Texas Food Bank. First graders shared tips for caring for our school environment such as picking up balls on the playground, and gentle reminders not to pick the flowers, take leaves off the trees, or kill the bugs. Third graders announced a coat drive with Project Warm Us this fall, and fourth graders concluded by talking about composting and singing the composting song as a class.
As the assembly came to a close, the Green Team shared a slide show that incorporated a mixture of beautiful, clean photos of our planet, as well as harmful imagery of items and practices that threaten our environment. As each photo flashed on the screen, students cheered loudly for images that highlighted our beautiful planet, while booing and showing a “thumbs down” for images that suggested harmful substances and behaviors. Head of School, Dr. Joan Buchanan Hill remarked, “Seeing everyone dressed in green or earth colored clothing was amazing! The video, the messages and the songs – and especially the enthusiasm – reminded us of ways to care for our world.”