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.
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.
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.
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.