Fostering Environmental Literacy

Fostering Environmental Literacy
Posted on 03/03/2017
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Fostering Environmental Literacy

On March 20, 2017, science teachers Pam Dunnavant and Erin Davis of Randolph-Henry High School, spear-headed a project aimed at Environmental Literacy for their ecology students. These teachers felt it was very important to start making ecology-related connections at an early age, and they wanted to begin with the children of Charlotte County. Each ecology class was assigned to one of the three local elementary schools:  Eureka, Bacon District, and Phenix. Students traveled to the schools and visited several different classrooms, spending a few minutes talking to students about what they had learned as a member of the Randolph-Henry ecology class.  Each student also hand selected an environmentally themed book that they felt was most appropriate for the class they were visiting. The ecology students rewarded each class with Earth Day-theme stickers and coloring pages for their engagement and participation.  Mrs. Lockett, Bacon District Elementary School principal said, “We were so honored to have an outstanding group of students visit our school to provide an activity that adds to the literacy efforts at Bacon!  Each student showed appropriate manners and sincere interest with the task assigned to them!”

 Although the initial idea was centered around making an impact on elementary students, the end results far exceeded the expectations.  The teachers learned that when students are placed in a leadership position, they feel a sense of pride serving as a role model. One student commented, “We really must go back and read to them again; they loved me and did not want me to leave.”  Cross-curricular efforts, such as this one, help to foster a love for reading and an appreciation for the planet. It is also a great way to prepare Randolph-Henry’s juniors and seniors for future real-world interactions. Introducing oneself to a room full of children can be just as intimidating as entering a job interview, but these students accepted the challenge and enjoyed making a contribution to the younger students.   This activity was a win-win for the students of Charlotte County, and it is a project that Mrs. Dunnavant and Mrs. Davis hope to continue in the future.   

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