Earth Day @FVSofColorado

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Fountain Valley School celebrated Earth Day. Instead of normal classes, all students were involved in “Caring for Our Community”. Each session attended had an educational or service learning component. The day opened in the Chapel with science faculty Dr. Amber Garr presenting why Earth Day is important to her. Tony Wang ’17 and Juliet Chi ’19 discussed how important “food rescue” is to our Earth and why other students and faculty should become involved with our existing program at school. Science faculty Rob Gustke P ’16, ’18 shared his love of nature through butterflies. Taylor Furrh ’17 discussed why she had become involved with ConCorps and the Green Cup Challenge, which reduced our utilities by eight percent in January. Head of School Will Webb closed by discussing why Fountain Valley and the Earth are important to him.

The students were next scheduled for one outdoor activity and one indoor activity. The outdoor activities included a community garden, cleanup at both Fountain Creek and Grinnell Road, and a large-scale trail building activity on the prairie headed by math faculty Dave Brudzinski and land manager Tyson Phillips. All activities were lead by Dr. Garr’s AP Environmental Science students, Con Corps students, and interested faculty or students. Indoor sessions included topics such as “Student Panel on the Earth,” “Blackfish,” “Plant-Based Cooking,” “How Food Rescue Works at Fountain Valley School,” “Visit the Local Aquaponics Farm,” and “Learn About the Solar Panels on the Science Building and The Perry’s.”

We also had Jules Dillon ’08 discussing his tiny house built with his girlfriend Liz Patterson who works for Tumbleweed Tiny Homes. The tiny house movement is the social movement to live in a small houses that are between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms, but they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. It might sound very uncomfortable to live in a small space, but this has so many benefits for environment and cost.

Maggie Hanna ’07 joined the day with a session entitled “Why Agriculture and Conservation Should Matter to You.” Hanna is the external relations coordinator for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. She helps people better understand how agriculture impacts each of us daily and how important it is to conserve the productive lands and working families that put food on the table, water in the watershed, and ensure that the view and clean air we value remain unchanged!

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