SIDNEY — Sidney High School students from Ally Davis and Tabatha Schmiesing’s Biology classes collaborated with Emerson Elementary second-grade students for “Hug the Earth” Day on Friday, May 13. The SHS students taught the elementary students about global warming and how to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Davis and Schmiesing’s students created activities and mini lessons they had been working on in class to teach the second graders.
The high school teachers worked with second grade teachers Polly Kemper, Kay Straman, Kim Marquez, Michelle Rudasill and Krista Hensley to make this day possible. The high schoolers were able to successfully teach the second graders the detrimental effects of our changing earth and ways to limit pollutants in the atmosphere. They created activities such as carbon footprint tests, interactive card games, and “one-foot hikes” to demonstrate effective practices. The students also planted seeds, sang recycling songs, and partook in a relay race.
Davis created this day in hopes of showing the importance of climate change and global warming. She is passionate about educating students on this topic to show individuals can do their part in helping to preserve the Earth.
Stephanie Klingshirn, principal at Emerson Elementary and the second-grade teachers were more than happy to participate in this valuable lesson of learning and look forward to collaborating with other schools in the district to bring the learning community together.