Briargrove ES students learn about connecting with environment

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The Briargrove Elementary School community celebrated Earth Day this year with plenty of activities, including their fifth annual Earth Day Picnic for the Planet on May 1.

The event teaches students to connect with the earth while maintaining a greener campus and healthy environment. Students were asked to bring a healthy packed lunch that would create little to no waste—reusable by using reusable lunch containers, cloth napkins, or reusable water bottles.

“We want to encourage healthy eating because the earth gives us our food,” said Rebecca Luman, Briargrove’s PTO Sustainable Resource Chair. “It’s a great way for our BG students to connect to the earth, learning that our earth gives us our food, water, and shelter – and we in turn must take care of it.”

Parents were also invited to the picnic to have lunch and participate in student led conferences to go over academic goals. Just recently, Briargrove Elementary became an authorized IB World School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme for Primary Years.

“Students throughout the year keep their work products in a portfolio and keep things such as unit assessments and reflection pieces that they share with their parents on what they have learned throughout the school year,” said Briargrove IB Coordinator Erin Van Pelt. “It’s a really good time for students to speak with their parents to gain more insight about what they are learning and thinking.”

For more information on upcoming eco-school activities at Briargrove, contact Rebecca Luman at