Here you will find updates about the progress on our new GREEN SCHOOL.
Exciting adventures are popping up at the Brooksfield School, a private Montessori School located in McLean, Virginia. As new members of the U. S. Green Building Council, we began the school year with a focus on decreasing our carbon footprint and building a green community. This year we started a compost, and we have plans to install a rain barrel to collect rain water which will be used to water our gardens. The children have been busy planting in our sensory garden and learning about plant care. In the classroom, the children are talking about recycling and are excited to plant vegetables in a new organic garden that will be planted this Spring.
Our Upper School Outdoor Adventure program is in full swing. We began the year with a campout at Pohick Bay. Upper School children and their families pitched tents, cooked dinner, slept under the stars, and hiked. In an effort to expand our ODA program we have formed an alliance with the Future Fisherman Foundation and will take fishing lessons in October which will also include other areas of environmental studies.
In the few weeks since school started the Upper School students traveled to the Capitol, met Congressman Wolf and toured his office. Congressman Wolf and the students discussed Tibet and its culture and Brooksfield’s commitment to studying Tibet in our Anthropological Express Drama program. The students will be studying Tibet throughout the year and will be creating a performance to celebrate its wonderful culture and traditions.
Our art program was honored by the McLean Project for the Arts: Art Walk held at the beginning of October. The McLean Project for the Arts proudly displayed the Upper School students’ black and white photographs of Brooksfield’s campus. We were the recipients of countless words of praise for our artistic abilities. This year, our art program is also going “green”. Children are creating masterpieces with recyclable materials as well as working with elements from nature.
In less than a month we have accomplished so much! What a wonderful year ahead of us full of adventure and exploration as we focus on honoring our earth and teaching environmental sustainability to our Brooksfield students.