Earth Day played out more like Earth Week at LCDS, beginning Monday morning with a sixth-grade bake sale that raised more than $300 for Live Monarch, a group dedicated to milkweed habitat restoration.
“We wanted to help the butterfly, and Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. Guerilla gardening is a great way to turn unused or underused land, like vacant lots or highway medians, into a new habitat for them. And making milkweed seed bombs just sounded like fun,” said Green School Coordinator and kindly revolutionary Barbara Bromley.
Students from most grades had the chance to head out into the garden and build some eco-ordnance at the seed-bomb station. After working up an appetite, they could munch on an array of local, organic snacks, just one of the ideas the Upper School Green Committee came up with to help folks get into the Earth Day spirit. In addition to receiving a seed packet of milkweed, butterfly tattoos and organic gummies, Lower Schoolers made tissue paper flowers and monarchs and are reading a book called “The Curious Gardener.”
Alum Amy McCrae Kessler spoke to the Upper School about leaving her steady, but unfulfilling job as a lawyer to start her own urban composting business in Philadelphia. In addition to devising several Earth Day-specific activities for students to do in the garden, Lower School Science Coordinator Laura Trout also invited a guest lecturer to talk to the Lower and Middle schools about climate change.
“I think everything came together in a very nice, low-key way,” Bromley said.