5th grade students recently completed a sustainability research project to share with others who walk along the ALT Greenway Trail.
Part One: Thoughtful Observation
Pennfield’s Sustainability Educator, Mrs. Hallowell, and guest teacher, Patricia Bailey, encouraged students to observe and experience their surroundings by engaging their senses, their thoughts, and their imaginations during a silent walk along the ALT Trail. During the walk, students were challenged to reflect on the school’s mission, observing the JOY around them and gaining a deeper UNDERSTANDING of nature, realizing that RESPECT for all living things is imperative. They were each given small field journals to make notes and observations.
Part Two: Researching and Creating
In honor of Earth Day, Pennfield’s Sustainability students invite everyone to wander The Pennfield Path and find inspiration in their words.
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle, which we don’t even recognize:
A blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes.
All is a miracle. – Thich Nhat Hanh