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Promising Practices Spotlight: Bonneville Elementary School

Posted by Jesse Marble on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

Bonneville Elementary School – Salt Lake City, UT

Program: Go Green

Bonneville Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, created a Promising Practice called the “Go Green” Team. Third-graders discovered how to “Go Green” through activities such as the Morning Mile, the “Go Green” Operas, the Recycled Gifts Boutique, and the Recycling Science bonnevilleFair project.

The Morning Mile improved academic scores, health, and taught children the benefits of walking over driving: less driving decreases air pollution and global warming. The students explored the meaning of reduce, reuse, recycle, as well as how to promote renewable energy sources by producing an original “Go Green” opera to share with the community.

Additionally, the children transformed recycled materials into valuable items to sell at their Recycled Gift Boutique and hosted a Funny Photo Booth. The students earned $1,183 from this service project. The proceeds were sent to the Africa Heartwood Project that supports orphans in Ghana, Africa.

Last, but not least, the students designed landfill labels and studied how amounts of recycled trash changed once their landfill labels were affixed to regular trashcans in the school. This activity increased “Go Green” awareness throughout the school. All of these projects incorporated principle 6 from CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education: offering a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum.

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) created the Promising Practices program to foster school improvement by providing a proven framework, professional feedback, and models of excellence. To find out more and apply to receive a Promising Practices award for the 2012-2013 school year, visit http://www.character.org/schools-of-character/promising-practices-overview/ Applications are due March 17.

Topics: Service learning, character education in curriculum, promising practices