As a Maryland Green School, Mother Seton School (MSS) strives to work with other community agencies to bring about opportunities to enhance the school-wide Green School mission. Elizabeth Prongas, Catoctin Forest Alliance (CFA) Board Member, member of their Education and Conservation Committee, and MSS Green School Committee member, recognized a great opportunity for the two organizations to partner.
Working with MSS Art Teacher Karolyn Myers and the MSS Art Angels, students in grades one, five, and six recently created three-dimensional centerpieces shaped like trees using recycled sign boards. First grade students added tissue paper for the tree canopy and learned the parts of a tree. Fifth and sixth grade students also discussed the importance of maintaining the national, state, and community parks. An action figure was created to go with each centerpiece to represent the importance of students interacting with the outdoors. The centerpieces will be on display for several of the CFA events. “The Catoctin Forest Alliance is privileged to be involved with Mother Seton School and support their Green School program,” said Prongas.
Mother Seton School promotes learning, preservation, and deep appreciation for the earth’s environment and wildlife. On September 21, 2011, MSS will once again recognize World Peace Day as a school and community event. The 2011 theme will be “Protect and Preserve Our Environment.”
The mission of the Catoctin Forest Alliance is to preserve and promote the health of the Catoctin Mountain forest to benefit present and future generations. To learn more about CFA, visit www.catoctinforestalliance.com or call 301-271-4459.
First Grade Students at Mother Seton School help to create centerpieces for the Catoctin Forest Alliance. The centerpieces will be used in several upcoming events. (l to r) Sam Scovitch, Caitlin Marron, Madeline Shea, Jacob Hartness, Aoife Nelson, Katherine Bowlby, Raphaela Smalldone, Elizabeth Kiley, Emma Wivell, Sarah Mulqueen, Taylor Reisinger, Timothy Wahl, Thomas Wiles, Matthew Knox, Matthew Wetzel, and Benjamin Jacobson.