Kids need exposure to environment, says teacher

| 16/02/2011

(CNS): Students at John Gray High School (JGHS) have re-launched the environment club in partnership with the school’s science enthusiasts. Richard Wildman, one of two teachers heading up the new JGHS Environment and Science, said it will encourage student involvement in the school and the wider community as youngsters become more environmentally aware and involved in what’s going on around them. The teacher also noted that, as the kids learn more about Cayman’s natural environment and the issues affecting it, it will create more national pride. “We tend to talk about our surroundings a lot, but amongst the students I don’t believe the awareness or participation is where it needs to be,” Wildman said.

“The club’s key objective is to expose them to Cayman’s environment and the issues affecting it, while enhancing environmental literacy and building national pride,” he added.

A campus clean-up marked the regeneration of the club and since then students have continued with bi-weekly litter collecting. Wildman added that members were working to post permanent anti-litter signs around the campus. In the interim, temporary signs have been placed on trees, bulletin boards and in corridors frequented by students.

The club is now working towards adding more recycling bins for plastic bottles and aluminium cans, and putting signs on all campus trees which will feature both their local and scientific names.

“Club members are very enthusiastic and eager to get things going,” Wildman noted. “We started with just a few students and now have well over 60 members.”

The club has also introduced tutorial activities which encourage teachers throughout the school and their students to find creative ways to beautify their classrooms and immediate surroundings.

In order to keep the club and its activities going, Wildman says, it is in need of some community assistance. “We’re grateful to companies like AL Thompson and Uncle Bill’s, whose donations of brooms, garbage bags, rakes, gloves and hand-claws are already allowing us to achieve our goals,” he said, adding that the club also needs corporate sponsorship for plywood and paint, which will be used to make permanent weather-proof signs for campus trees.

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  1. kayla ebanks says:

    finally someone trys to understand what these parents are trying to tell these teachers. well what they are doing is a good thing for these kids…god has made the wish for someone!

  2. mathew says:

    Nature is the first lesson book! When you have kids out-of-touch with Nature, you will have a a callous society; you will have kids caught up with gadgets and all about “me” or “mine.” To understand, experience, and bond with Nature, is so important in understanding the unity and connectivity of life! Schools should have more field trips… we have the mastic trail, we have the botanic park, we have places like Darts Park off South Church Street, we have sport fields and beaches… why are they empty and the kids locked inside their classrooms??? Even having a class outside for a week is good and it makes learning about our environment fun! Contact with Nature is so important that adult suicides occurs every year because people are locked away from the natural stimulants that Nature gives off… they are so important for wellbeing and good health. Even the elderly die untimely deaths because family has abandoned them and they lock them away in old people’s homes. Look at what we are doing with our kids! Fathers and Mothers should be taking them out and enjoying Nature; however, society is so busy that not even Mothers have time to cook their kids a decent meal. It just makes me so sad to see where Cayman is going! God help us!

  3. Kung Fu Iguana says:

    The environment – kids it is what the government put after the pockets of their close friends the property developers.   Have we given up asking when the new conservation law is going to be passed?

  4. Anonymus says:

    If anyone is looking to help the club out, their contact information is available in the extended press release on the Education website.

    http://www.education.gov.ky/portal/page?_pageid=1408,5284032&_dad=portal&_schema=portal