Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador

by James Dean Byrd Foundation Inc
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Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Bring Environmental Education Program to Ecuador
Beach Clean Up 2021
Beach Clean Up 2021

Our foundations long vacation has come to an end but we are so excited to get started with our new Environmental Education program! continuing our commitment to providing Educational opportunities for the community, this year we've brought in expert to take our program to a whole new level. Jenn Joyner, native of Alaska, has extensive knowledge and experience with environmental projects and expeditions. She's designed a schedule of activities that include several new topics, including community garden, sea turtle month, and the importance of public land access. With Jenn, the students will implement one hands-on project a month and share their experiences at school assembly. We look forward to seeing this new year of educational experiences unfold.

We'll be closing this GlobalGiving project to launch a new one with our new programming! You'll be automatically switched to the new mailing list to stay up to date with our activities.

The James T Byrd foundation is committed to providing an educational foundation for environmental sciences and improve communities through active eco- improvement projects we look forward to sharing Los Algarrobos achievements as we progress through the 2022 school year!

Meet Jenn our New Coordinator!
Meet Jenn our New Coordinator!

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Making recycled paper
Making recycled paper

Despite continuing our studies online this year, we were still able to pull off many successful environmental education projects. As you remember from earlier in the school year, we did beach clean ups, a school veggie garden, recycled cloth sewing club, and a compost contest among other projects. 

In the past few months we have added more to those amazing projects! In October, we received two new volunteers from Quito who taught our sixth and seventh grade students how to make artesanal paper out of recycled paper. The students collected paper that was going to be tossed around home or school, mashed it, and mixed it with a special glue. They even mixed seeds into the new paper so that when this paper is no longer needed, it can be buried and become plants!  

In November, we had a school-wide clean up, with high hopes of returning to in-person learning before the school year finished. As each garden at school is assigned to a class, students came in with their teachers (on different days) to clean up and replant their gardens. Unfortunately with the latest wave of COVID, we have not been given permission to return to in-person learning yet. But the gardens do look lovely! 

Finally, in December, we had our annual Flea Market! Though primarily a fundraiser for opertional costs for the school, the market is also an interesting opportunity for students to analyze the textile industry and its effects on the environment. We launched another competition, encouraging students to look through old clothes and toys they no longer used and to donate them to the market instead of throwing them out. The class with the most participation (fourth grade again!!!) won a pizza party that they will enjoy in January. Finally, teachers discussed with students the positive effect buying second hand clothes is on the environment and how unnecesary it is to buy new clothes and toys for every occasion. 

Now with just two months of school left, we will have time for just two more activities before the kids go off on vacation in March and April. We thank you so much for your continued support that makes this program possible! 

Speaking of vacations in March and April, we are in dire need of repair for one of our buildings. During vacation we hope to replace walls and roofing for our administration building, which is also home to one classroom, the computer lab, the kitchen and dining area in addition to the director's and secretary's office. Please consider a contribution to this important project that will help ensure the school continues to function for years to come! 

Sixth grade with their school garden
Sixth grade with their school garden
Flea Market
Flea Market

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Viviana talking about plastic impact
Viviana talking about plastic impact

Our environmental education program has been very busy since the school year started! Thanks to our outstanding volunteers we have been able to implement a new project every month since May. 

First, each class went for a beach clean up! The volunteers gave a small talk about plastic and its impact on the ocean before heading out to clean. It was a safe and fun way for the students to see each other in person while also helping the planet. 

We also launched our cloth bag sewing club. Both parents and ex-pats now come together every week to sew cloth bags out of recycled or donated cloth. These bags are then sold as a fundraiser for the school and help promote awareness in the community about the importnace of leaving plastic bags behind us. 

In July we hosted a compost competition! Each student at home had to collect their organic waste for three weeks, sending photo evidence weekly. The class with the greatest percentage of participation won a pizza party from Canoa Suites. The dedicated winner this year was 4th grade with almost 100% participation over all three weeks! We were very impressed! 

Finally, in August, the fourth and fifth grades built garden beds at school and planted vegetables in them. Again, it was a safe out door activity where the kids could see each other and get dirty! 

We feel so proud to implement this program successfully this year despite the pandemic and it is all thanks to our amazing volunteers, Viviana and Natalia. They've made it fun and exciting for our students through own passion and dedication. We are blessed to have them! 

Third grade student Amy with her compost evidence
Third grade student Amy with her compost evidence
Fourth graders prepare garden for vegetable beds
Fourth graders prepare garden for vegetable beds

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Hanney and her home garden
Hanney and her home garden

On Tuesday, May 11 we started the first day of classes for the 2021-2022 school year! Although we continue to be 100% online until July, we are very excited about our new Environmental Education Program with all kinds of new activities and participants. 

First of all, I would like to send a sincere thank you for your generous donations during the Climate Action Campaign in April! Thanks to your matched donations, we were over half way to our goal before the school year had even started! 

On Wednesday, two wonderful volunteers arrived to take charge of our beach clean up excursions! They will also help to organize an International Environment Day Fair on June 4th and launch a new sewing project where we will recycle old clothes into cloth bags. We are so grateful for their help and excited to get this year's program started with a bang! 

Also stay tuned for this year's online Bingo game on June 5th, where we will play Bingo while responding to fun Environment Day trivia questions. We'll need your help sponsoring Bingo cards so that all of our students can participate. Learn more on our website below. 

Thank you so much for your continued support! Despite the obstacles that the pandemic has presented, we have been able to continue this important program and even grow it! We look forward to sharing with you photos and videos of our activites as they roll out! 

Volunteers Viviana and Natalia
Volunteers Viviana and Natalia

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Kyara makes vegetarian ceviche!
Kyara makes vegetarian ceviche!

Our online curriculum continued these past months with two fun stories and one event! 

In October, we read "The Sheep who Came for Dinner" and discussed the effect of eating meat on the environment. We challenged the students to prepare a vegetarian meal and reduce their consumption of meat weekly. Here you see Kyara, our prize winner, preparing her vegetarian ceviche! 

In November, we were blessed with collaboration from the Clara Luna Foundation, another local organization dedicated to literacy and a love of reading. Paola Martinez read "The Giant Clementin," about a giant whose family's garbage was so heavy that he cried every time he had to take it to the corner. He learned from 3 wizards how to reduce, reuse and recycle to make his garbage pile smaller. Students then made a short video about what they learned. 

Finally in December, we had our annual Flea Market and discussed how environmentally friendly it is to buy used clothes instead of new clothes. Many families took advantage and bought from the market. It was a nice fundraiser for the teachers as well! 

In January we are planning to plant trees with the seventh graders (outside and masks required!). The trees will be planted next to a soccer field in the middle of a neighborhood where our students can continue to see their trees and remember this experience for years to come. 

Thank you so much for your support in this endeavor! Althought this year has been particularly challenging and we have canceled most of our hands-on activities, we feel sure that our environmental message is still getting through, even online! Your contributions have kept our teachers employed and motivated to continue teaching the importance of caring for the environment. Thank you! 

Paola reading "El Gigante Clementine"
Paola reading "El Gigante Clementine"
Flea Market Store
Flea Market Store
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James Dean Byrd Foundation Inc

Location: Green Cove Springs, FL - USA
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