Environment Goes beyond Classroom at Butterfield
Verstraete, Christine A., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christine A. Verstraete Daily Herald Correspondent
The environment, pollution and recycling are important elements of the third-grade curriculum at Butterfield School in Libertyville.
But that doesn't mean the lessons are confined to the school grounds.
"Students are a lot more aware of the environment and hopefully it's not going to stop just in the classroom," teacher Krista Grose said.
The students in Grose's class have already demonstrated they have a wider vision of environmental issues by writing a proclamation, which was approved by the Libertyville village board.
Even though their work resulted in the week of April 15 being declared Libertyville Community Clean-up Week, some students were somewhat surprised at their success.
"At first, I thought, she's (Village President Jo Ann Eckmann) not really going to want to do it," third-grader Claire Moga, 9, said. "We're just some kids. But they (government officials) can really help you sometimes. At least, there's a little part of the earth that will be clean."
That accomplishment, and Eckmann's classroom visit to present them with the proclamation, has encouraged these budding environmentalists.
Next, they wanted to get the other third-grade classes to help them clean up the school grounds, even though, Grose admitted, "the school ground is pretty clean to begin with."
They've also begun to look at their neighborhoods and homes in a new way. "I've seen there's a lot more trash on the ground and in the lakes," said David Siebert, 9.
"There's more pollution than I thought there was."
"There was a hot day when my friend and I went fishing and we saw three dead catfish," said Jared Moore, 9.
"Sometimes we walk to school and there's this bike path," said Brooklyn Hanke, 9. "The sign says $200 for dumping, but I look and there are pop cans, newspapers, and I see people dropping pop cans and stuff. …