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2018 Earth Week Projects

Friday, April 27, 2018
Book swap
Kindergarteners compare their books from the Book Swap.
Jacob helping prepare dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.
8th graders on their way to clean up Burgundy Road and adjacent roads.
6th graders planting around the Middle School.

With Earth Day last Sunday, Burgundy has been participating in related activities last week and this week.

In the spirit of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” we asked our community to donate gently used children’s books that were ready to be passed on to others who might enjoy and learn from them. Middle School students sorted the collected books and last Friday, April 20, we held a book “swap” where all students were welcome to choose a new book to take home. The remaining books were donated to Alexandria organization Wright to Read for distribution in public schools.

On Sunday morning, April 22, a group of Middle School students, parents, and humanities teacher and chef Levita Mondie went to the Ronald McDonald House at Fairfax Inova Hospital and prepared a complete vegan dinner for guests staying there. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing, food, and other services for families whose children are receiving medical care at the hospital.

As part of our commitment to the VDOT Adopt a Highway program, this week Burgundy’s 8th grade class cleaned Burgundy Road from Norton Road to East Street, Norton Road to Telegraph, and Norton Road to the Burgundy Community Center. They also cleaned parts of Elmwood and Tremont Streets near Burgundy Road. The students separated trash and recyclables, collecting about 3 full bags in total.

Traditionally, each class at Burgundy chooses a different project in which to participate to celebrate Earth Week. At the Wednesday All School Meeting, students shared skits about what they had done — many of them silent, charade-style skits that allowed peers to guess the activity. There was lots of picking up trash and planting across campus this week! To close the meeting, everyone sang two Burgundy favorites, “The Garden Song (Inch by Inch)” and “This Pretty Planet.”