Today, on April 20th, Newton K2 teacher Ms. Celia presented together with Ms. Mandy and Biolan about the dangers and solutions to the growing environment problem that is "plastic". Even though I would have liked to see many more parents and grandparents join the presentation, I appreciate those dedicated spirits who showed up and wish we can work together to start a trend, saying "no to plastic", "yes to earth" and begin making good choices when we buy products at the super-market. I was personally surprised to learn that most plastic that claim to be recycled or recyclable actually isn't, because the cost of recycling is much higher than producing new plastic. We were shown a video of an ocean full of plastic bags, fish mistakenly eating the plastic bags that looks like jelly-fish and ending up on our dinner plates.
To go with "Earth Day" which is celebrated world-wide on April 22nd, we have worked with dedication throughout the past month(s) to improve our environmental awareness and education. On April 16th, the new re-cycling and waste management center in the B-level opened together with a revised, more efficient and easily measureable daily standard of how we manage both recyclables, organic and hazardous waste at school.
Earth Day is a spirit day at campus and both students and teachers were approved to wear green and blue colored clothes to school on Friday the 20th of April. It was amazing seeing an ocean of blue/green students on the playground as we enjoyed the day of beautiful weather.
In class-rooms children made "Earth Day" art from re-cycled paper plates with newspaper cut-outs and students were invited to share stories of how they manage waste and re-use items at home.
Happy Earth Day Weekend everyone!
Newton Hui Xin Kindergarten