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June 2, 2013

Alderson Elementary to celebrate sustainability

Alderson Elementary School will celebrate its second annual Sustainability Week June 3-6 with a variety of creative challenges, service projects and community presentations.

Sustainability Week is a schoolwide exposition of the different themes of sustainability explored by the afterschool group Amazing Green throughout the year, including water, service, community, endangered species and food.

The week will kick off with an assembly Monday and culminate with a History Alive! performance of locally important Shawnee Chief Cornstalk.

Tuesday’s activities will feature a walking field trip to the Greenbrier Interpretive Center and examine the role of the Greenbrier River in Alderson. Wednesday will include a Heritage Fair in the schoolyard, allowing students and teachers to interact with area tradespeople and naturalists and discover how their skills inform, shape and sustain our community.

Thursday is SustainaMania! at the Alderson Community Center, with a recycled fashion show, live music, an appearance of the Amazing Brain and final weigh-ins for the “trashless” competition. Points will be totaled for each grade level, with the winning grade receiving an ice cream party in a recycled igloo.

Students will be making mosaic stepping stones to surround the recently planted schoolyard rain garden during the week, and will contribute to a unique bamboo sculpture project facilitated by Jessica Le-vine.

Some of the creative projects of Sustainability Week will be on display at Alderson’s City National Bank in June.

For more information about the Walking and Biking School Bus and the weeklong canned food drive to benefit Family Refuge Center, call 304-646-0474.

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