Schools Environment Project
A club project to encourage children to feel enthused, impassioned and more involved with the environment that is all around them.
As part of the work of the Rotary Club Environment Committee, there have been discussions with many wildlife and nature groups in and around Sudbury to see if they would be willing to put a structured programme together, that would not only fit neatly with the local schools' curriculum, but also would encourage children to feel enthused, impassioned and more involved with the environment that is all around them.
Sudbury and its surrounding area is so full of the most wonderful habitat and we are therefore keen to find tomorrow's custodians of these special places! There has been an excellent response from the "providers" all keen to help with this project, all with the same vision, all with the same passion to share their knowledge with the youngsters.
The club has now launched this educational programme and we are delighted to welcome four schools to the project: Woodhall County Primary School, Glemsford Primary Academy, Acton CEVCP School and St. Gregory CEVCP School.
Our aim is to:
- Inform and empower children with the wonders of nature and the environment
- Seek the custodians of tomorrow
The Rotary club's main role is to act as facilitator. The programme is ongoing and one whereby schools can dip in and out to suit the school and the children, the time available, and various other constraints. It is aimed for children in Year-5 (aged around 10 years old) and the programme commenced this Spring (2015). Each participant provider has designed a programme - each different, but which dovetails with the others. The schools are choosing their desired visit(s) from the selection we are offering.
We have also been asked to organise help to regenerate school ponds which we are currently doing, with the help of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. This will enable the school and children to use the pond for projects and once regenerated, learn how to take care of it.