Blair Mill’s Day of Service features local organizations, hands-on projects

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5th Grade students learn from Habitat For Humanity guest speakers

Blair Mill Elementary School’s Day of Service, held May 17, focused on environmental conservation. The day’s theme “Blair Mill Think Green!” taught students to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on climate change.

Each grade level rotated through presentations from local nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Aark Wildlife, College Settlement, the Jarret Nature Center, AmeriCorps and the Perkiomen Conservation Center. Presenters discussed topics of sustainable farming practices, harnessing solar power, fuel efficient motor vehicles, animal sanctuaries and environmental preservation projects.

“We learned that the pollution from cars can ruin animals’ homes, so we need to take care of animals and their environment,” said one second grader.

In the afternoon, each grade level had the opportunity to watch a demonstration by the Environmental Mobile Unit through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Students also used their creativity to complete STEM activities that focused on renewable energy and art projects using recycled materials.

“By participating in Blair Mill’s annual Day of Service, our students learned sustainable practices, encouraging them to make positive changes in the environment for their future and allowing them to foster a sense of responsibility,” said Rachel Hockfield, school psychologist at Blair Mill Elementary School.