Dillon Valley students urge creative conservation | SummitDaily.com

Dillon Valley students urge creative conservation

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

DILLON VALLEY – Dillon Valley Elementary students set out Thursday to prove that environmental protection is always in fashion.

The children had an action-packed Earth Day that included a schoolwide parade of costumes constructed from reused materials. On view were egg-carton skirts, vests fashioned from lift tickets, milk-jug hats, plastic-bag capes and carboard-box robots.

“I saw some really creative ideas that were made just with paper from the recycling bin,” said 6-year-old Brielle Quigley, a member of the school’s Green Team.

Earlier in the day, the students took a pedestrian-powered field trip to Skyline Cinema for a viewing of “Oceans,” a Disney nature documentary on marine ecosystems. The film dovetailed nicely with the students’ curriculum, which includes a unit on oceans at the kindergarten level, school principal Gayle Jones-Westerberg said.

The third-grade class brought garbage bags along and picked up trash that might have otherwise blown into local waterways.

The Dillon Valley Green Team, 25 students who meet twice a month after school, took responsibility for generating enthusiasm and broad participation in the school’s Earth Day events. The group has also written letters to food companies to push for more sustainable packaging, urged President Obama to take action on climate change, recognized peers for biking and walking to school, promoted the school’s food-composting program and designed a bumper sticker that encourages carpooling.

“It’s our job to tell everyone how important it is to help the Earth,” first-grade Green Team member Maia Fishman said. “I think the message is getting around pretty good.”

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 orjsutor@summitdaily.com.

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