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Boston elementary schoolchildren complete 'Planet Protector' program

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  June 23, 2011 01:55 PM

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Students present Pat McDonough with his award.

The following is a press release from Boston nonprofit “e” inc.:

On Tuesday afternoon, 85 local elementary schoolchildren from five different Boston schools took part in “e” inc.’s fourth annual “Planet Protector” culminating ceremony at Orchard Garden Community Center in Roxbury.

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A student looks at her "Planet Protector" badge.
The “Planet Protector” project is an environmental science and community action program offered by “e” inc. during after-school programs in local schools and community centers.

The event included refreshments, educational games, and student presentations. Each child who completed “e” inc.’s curriculum was awarded an official “Planet Protector” badge that will grant them free access to the organization’s EnviroMuseum that is projected to open sometime next year.

Another highlight of the “Planet Protector’s” culminating ceremony was the recognition of Pat McDonough as an instrumental player in the success of “e” inc.’s program this year. McDonough, a worker in facilities at Boston Centers for Youth and Families, selflessly devoted his time to save the program’s community garden when site conflict put it in jeopardy.

Through the “Planet Protector” initiative, “e” inc. teaches each student the importance of science and helps them become participants in forming a sustainable world.

Jesus Brito, 11, from William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester spoke of his experience: “We learned about storm drains. The trash and litter goes into the storm drains and contaminates our oceans. So we all helped by cleaning up the two storm drains around our school. We even made signs to stop people from littering. I think this taught us all we need to be more clean with the water”

Throughout the year-long programs, students at any one site study one of “e” inc.’s award-winning curricula such as “Backyard Habitats,” “Primates,” “Ocean Biodiversity,” “Climate Change,” or “Rainforests.” During their time in the program, students make personal commitments to lessening their own impact on the environment and plan together to make a difference in their community.

Former Director of After School and Summer Programs at Neighborhood House Charter school in Dorchester, commented, “ ‘e’ inc.'s activities are interactive and create excitement amongst our children. When they return to the class, they are bubbling over with what they ‘got to do in ‘e’ inc.’."

“e” inc. is a Boston-based nonprofit that pairs science education with community action to facilitate environmental change in urban communities. Planet Protectors is just one of many services that the organization offers. Others include the “Teen Green Team,” a field program for summer day trips, and a global warming workshop for children. Also in the works is our EnviroMuseum that will be dedicated to teaching classes and families about sustainability.

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