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Celebrating Earth Day at Churchill Road

In honor of Earth Day, Churchill Road SCA representatives plant a weeping cherry tree donated by Wheat’s Landscape.  Pictured, from left, are: SCA members Lauren Maloney, Liliana Schone, Izzy Schone, J.J. Bellaschi, Matthew Strong, Whit Walter, Ryan Jones, Jordan Rupli, Joseph Hoeymans and Sam Murad. Wheat’s Certified Arborist Kane Ramsey (center back) and his crew worked with the students to plant the tree.

In honor of Earth Day, Churchill Road SCA representatives plant a weeping cherry tree donated by Wheat’s Landscape. Pictured, from left, are: SCA members Lauren Maloney, Liliana Schone, Izzy Schone, J.J. Bellaschi, Matthew Strong, Whit Walter, Ryan Jones, Jordan Rupli, Joseph Hoeymans and Sam Murad. Wheat’s Certified Arborist Kane Ramsey (center back) and his crew worked with the students to plant the tree. Kim Moran

Churchill Road Elementary lived up to its Green Flag Award status by promoting a variety of eco-friendly programs and activities leading up to Earth Day.

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Churchill Road fourth, fifth and sixth graders had the opportunity to Skype nationally known eco-educator Stephen Ritz from the school’s production room, while CRS eco educator Debra Maes (left) and parent Vivian Bendewald (right) captured the event on camera. Pictured, from left, are: (front row) Mia Hsu, Arielle Moore, Dylan Tschampel, Benjamin Higbee; (second row) Luke Voorhies, Lauren Cain, Cassie Reis, Ryker Bendewald, J.J. Bellaschi, Jake Yates; (back row) Technology Teacher Jordan Craig-Kuhn and Principal Don Hutzel.

Thanks to Wheat’s Landscape and the SCA representatives, a beautiful weeping cherry tree was planted near the bird and butterfly garden in front of the school. On Friday, April 19, Churchill Road students engaged in a variety of eco-friendly activities. They enjoyed two eco-assemblies led by physicist DaNel Hogan, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator at the U.S. Department of Energy, who spoke about the energy necessary to produce electricity to power different types of bulbs and had the students pedal “energy bikes” to highlight the differences in energy efficiency.

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DaNel Hogan, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, led two assemblies on energy efficiency. Hogan had students ride an energy bike to see the effort required to light incandescent, fluorescent and LED bulbs. Churchill Road students Sami Saout and Nia Brockelman assisted with this demonstration.

Thanks to parent Vivian Bendewald, CRS students were able to Skype with nationally-known South Bronx educator Stephen Ritz, who helps students in urban areas grow vertical gardens and engage in eco-friendly practices.

Earth Day concluded with a school-wide assembly organized by CRS teachers Jordan Craig-Kuhn, Debra Maes and Meghan Roman. Conservation and recycling themes were creatively highlighted through a variety of student-led skits, song and dance routines and game shows.