Thursday, April 22 marked the 40th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day as an estimated one billion people in 190 countries took action to preserve and create an awareness of the earth’s environment. At Pinewood, both our elementary and secondary schools participated in events designed to promote awareness and undertake Earth Day actions at the local school level.
Yesterday, on Earth Day itself, Pinewood students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 joined with other students from the larger Thessaloniki community in a beach clean-up effort organized jointly by the U.S. Consulate and the Prefecture of Pylea. Under the supervision of elementary school faculty Costas Kois, Cindy Cost, and Ian Harrington, the students traveled to the beach behind Appolonia Politea for the clean-up activity, thus gaining first-hand experience in the importance of keeping our local community clean. Following the activity, the faculty and students enjoyed a well-deserved picnic-style lunch prior to their return to campus.
The day before, during the weekly Seminar Time block, the secondary school celebrated Earth Day with insightful guest presentations provided by three members of “Fame Lab” an organization that works closely with the British Council in promoting science. Also, there were group presentations by our 11th graders related to their Group 4 projects, which were developed from their visits last week to Aristotle University.