Since fall 2009 GLBD has offered Young Bioneers Day at our annual conference. We have had three primary goals:
The project participants are Detroit Cristo Rey, Holy Redeemer, Jason Zarate, Marian High School, Western High School and Hazel Park High School. Click on the tabs below to learn about their projects and scroll down to see photos and video.
Twenty-two students serve as leadership team. Study impacted the entire school (900 students)
AP biology engaged in a project to study and preserve perennial regional flora. Students planted two raised beds with native flora and learn about the importance of native species. They monitored plant growth and studied insect activity. These beds are at the entrance of the school, so all students can benefit from their beauty beyond the time of the project.
Sponsored a sustainability week at the school in order to study cycles of use, consumption and waste at the school.All students participated in the week’s activities. Activities Goals:
2019 SpringProject led by 6,7 and 8th grades and benefitting the entire school
We are an Eco-Green school recognized through the National Wildlife Federation. It is our goal to achieve the Eco-Green Flag this year. Part of that process is studying our watershed and school habitat, implementing improvements to our environment through the installation of water barrels and a rain garden and increasing our butterfly and bee population then charting differences we see to the environment along with providing a hands on educational experience for our students. We requested and received a grant from Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit to assist us with some of the expenses.
2019 SpringThe primary goal of this project is to plant native wildflower and milkweed seeds in Highland Township, Michigan. I, Jason Zarate along with my little sister, Maecy and friends Emma and Anna Thelander wrote a proposal to our Township Supervisor to establish Highland Township as a Monarch Friendly Community in the spring of 2017. Our Township Supervisor Rick Hamill and the Board of Trustees were so impressed by our proposal to help the Monarchs that they issued a resolution to adopt the Milkweed Mile and establish Highland as a Monarch Community in May 2018. We also became the first official Monarch City in Michigan, registered through Monarch City USA. To further our mission as a Monarch and pollinator friendly community we would like to expand natural habitats. We called our proposal, the Milkweed Mile: No Mow Zone. The project will involve planting of native wildflower and milkweed seeds in Highland Township, Michigan. The planting will take place on Arbor Day, April 26, 2019. Students from Jason’s school, Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy and my little sister’s school, Charyl Stockwell Academy will be invited to help spread native milkweed and wildflower seeds to expand upon the natural butterfly and pollinator habitats in Highland Township, Michigan.
Jason's project was featured in the news https://www.spinalcolumnonline.com/articles/a-young-man-with-a-plan/
Scroll directly below for Jason's video.
buildON is a service learning non-profit that works to empower high school students to serve in their communities, and to build schools in other countries. Here in Detroit, buildOn programming is offered at Cody High School, Osborn High School, and Western International High School. Students serve after school, and on weekends at a variety of projects including: community gardens, soup kitchens, senior citizen homes, and more.
Our students launched a recycling program here at Western this fall to help get the school recycling. The students painted cardboard bins that were placed in the hallways for students and staff to use. Students collected the bins weekly, sorted the contents, and recycled what could be recycled. Unfortunately, after some time, our cardboard bins began to fall apart. Through the Great Lakes Bioneers grant, we were able to purchase durable, plastic recycle bins that hold up better to the (cont. next page) test of time.
As part of a recycling project students in the environmental science class worked to set up a Water Bottle Refill Station at the school. Their intention was to reduce the purchase and usage of disposable bottled water. GLBD provided some of the money they needed to get this station set up. .
Environmental Science students learned about the extensive bottled water problem. U.S.A. pollutes like no other, and soon it’s going to backfire. Being members of this class, have opened our eyes to just the little impact Marian has on our environment. And to others it may seem miniscule but to a student who recycles every week it is abundant. 10-12 garbage bags full of plastic water bottles, and cans every week, not including the cafeteria, due to students lack of knowledge between the garbage and recycle.
The only way to make a smaller impact is to reduce the amount of water bottles bought, since those are what is mainly recycled. Almost all of our friends carry around their own water bottles, but it’s frustrating when we need to refill them because sometimes the cafeteria is locked or not open at the time we are in need of water. Installing an accessible water fountain, would benefit to minimize our future footprint, and keep girls hydrated.During Fall of 2019 students plan to continue to study and evaluate the impact of the Water Bottle Feeling Station as it relates to reduction of plastic water bottles on campus.
The Refill Station will be installed in the summer, so evaluation will take place once school is back in session and students have had a chance to use the station. At that point they will: 1. Ask the food service provider for information about number of water bottles and other liquids sold to see if the number is impacted. (cont. next page) 2. Observe usage of station, especially if the model includes a counter.
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