Students, parents, staff, and community members throughout HISD celebrated the fourth annual Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday by hosting beautification service projects that promote healthy and productive learning environments.
For the fourth year in a row, students and staff throughout HISD will participate in environmentally friendly activities for Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 26, and the district is encouraging all schools and departments to participate.
The event, sponsored by HISD’s Energy and Sustainability department and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, give students, teachers and community members the opportunity to create a healthy and productive school environments through local service projects.
About 150 volunteers and community partners were hard at work with their gardening tools and gloves on Saturday for Briargrove Elementary School’s Green Apple Day of Service event.
Students, parents, staff and community members participated in the second annual event by weeding the edible and butterfly gardens on campus, cleaning the outdoor track and installing a water bottle-filling station for outdoor hydration.
Students and staff across Houston Independent School District will have the opportunity to “green” their schools on Sept. 27 by participating in the third annual Green Apple Day of Service.
The event, sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, allows for parents, teachers, and students to create a healthy and productive school environment through local service projects.
Briargrove Elementary students took on a big project to beautify their school during this year’s Green Apple Day of Service, and the results of that effort are now being considered for a national award.
The school used the day of service to spruce up their grounds and build a butterfly garden, utilizing materials from the City of Houston’s Reuse Warehouse – a space for excess building materials that would otherwise be dumped in local landfills. Now the school is a contender for the 2013 National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The Reuse People of America.
Houston Independent School District students will be planting and weeding gardens, and participating in other environmentally friendly activities on Sept. 28 as part of a global movement to transform schools into healthy and sustainable learning environments.
The Green Apple Day of Service is sponsored by the Center for Green School at the U.S. Green Building Council. The goal of the second annual event is to help raise awareness among parents, teachers and students about the importance of improving the school environment.
Two HISD schools – Herod Elementary and Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center – have already signed up with projects designed to help their own facilities create greener and healthier campuses.