Third-graders have been learning about ways to care for the Earth, and during Assembly on January 25 they put on a show to teach us how we can help.
First, the students shared some startling facts about Americans' consumption of single-use plastics and how much of that plastic can end up in the ocean. For example, Americans use about 175 billion plastic straws per year, enough to wrap around the Earth two and a half times per day! The students noted that many cities in California, including Monterey and Carmel, are taking steps to combat this problem with things like plastic straw bans.
But what can we do to help? After singing Jack Johnson's song "The 3 R's," third-graders shared some of the ways they will reduce, reuse, and recycle:
- Use both sides of the paper.
- Turn off the lights when leaving a room.
- Don't leave the water running in the sink.
- Pick up trash.
- Find second uses for things, like turning extra fabric into cloth shopping bags.
- Not waste food.
- Donate clothing.
At the end of the presentation, they challenged each PreK-Grade 5 student to think about what they can do to make the world a cleaner, healthier place. Then, they performed "This Land is My Land" ... in sign language!