Our sixth grade Skills for Success class was discussing careers when the environment came up. Some of the students are very passionate about environmental issues. We formed groups to work on a project around climate change, clean air, clean water, and waste education. They prepared presentations on why they cared about the topic and what they can do to make a difference. The Parachute for the Planet Project was a culmination of the environmental action project. Everyone created their own personal parachute and then we combined them together to create our class design. The students loved the art component to the project and many students who, in the past, have not been successful in school found a place where they can make a difference. A group of students even wanted to get an environmental awareness group started at Kelly. They now meet weekly in my room at lunch. Thank you for this opportunity.
-Lara Kimball, 6th grade science teacher
Photos of Parachutes at Schools and at First Friday Art Walk/Farmers' Market