Lincolnshire, IL // Spring 2021

The Half Day School Green Team focused their green project on sustainable actions at home and their vision for an outdoor learning space. The students learned about native plants from a presentation given by a parent volunteer and then played an online game to identify the plants discussed in the lessons. One of the Green Schools Mentors also taught the students how to plant seeds using egg cartons which was a great success. Each student received a planting kit complete with seeds, soil, garden gloves, pipette, and a special garden gnome. The hope is that the seedlings will later be planted at the school.

Both Green Schools Mentors also provided a slide show about recycling, which inspired a repurpose challenge. Students captured something from the garbage and repurposed it to become a treasure. The Green Team also planned a week of Earth Day activities that involved the entire school population.

Project type: Native Plant or Food Garden, Outdoor Learning Space

Planting Seeds & Dreams

Each student received a planting kit complete with seeds, soil, garden gloves, pipette, and a special garden gnome. The seedlings will later be planted at the school.

Showcase 1

Students used the egg cartons as recycled holders to start seeds.

Showcase 2

The plants started to sprout.

Showcase 3

Weeks later, a full garden is ready!

“Our students are excited about the possibilities that this courtyard can offer our students. They love being part of the design crew and active members of our planting projects. They are passionate about the environment and are excited to promote green habits in our outdoor learning space.”

Tracy Gordon
Tracy Gordon

4th grade teacher, half day school

Impact:

  • 50 students
  • 5 educators & staff
  • 1 parent
  • 2 Green Schools Mentors

Educators & Staff:

  • Tracy Gordon, 4th Grade Teacher

Mentors:

  • Rob Hanson, Nexant
  • Kelsie Roberton, Greenest Region Corps
  • Seema Keshav, Half Day School Parent, Go Green Lincolnshire & Vernon Hills